LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is warning consumers about
increasingly sophisticated scams from offshore.
Monday that his office received more than 450 fraud-related consumer
complaints in 2012. He says the most common scams involve fake checks,
lottery letters and "mystery shopper" job offers that are initiated
through postal mail or email.
Bruning is urging consumers to
monitor their credit reports regularly. He says many of the foreign
scams are coming from organized crime in Russia and east Africa. Often,
his office lacks the resources to stop the offshore perpetrators.
Hegarty, president of the Better Business Bureau in Nebraska, says
residents should shred documents with any identifying information to
protect themselves from identity theft and other scams.