Women can fight back against scammers

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If you're a woman, you're a target for scammers who are trying to get their hands on your money.

The Better Business Bureau looks at the complaints that come in, and the data showing where women are most vulnerable.

Here are the top ways they're doing it and what you can do about it.

One of the top scams for women is car repair. The BBB says some shops will come up with fake repairs that are not needed to get your money.

Your defense is to do your research and take your car to another shop for a second look.

The same kind of problem can happen with home repairs.

Fight back by checking out the company with the state and getting multiple bids.

Other scams come online – like offers to work at home.

But the claims of making big money, no experience needed and set your own schedule are almost always fakes.

"One of the best ways to identify a real work-at-home job opportunity is to go through an employer that you've worked with in an office," said Kyle Kavas of the BBB. "They may be able to set up a real work-at-home situation, and you know and trust them because they're a legitimate employer.'

Here are other tricks targeting women along with ways to beat the bad guys at their game.

From the BBB: Scams Targeting Women

Some highlights:

-Weight loss & fitness
-Cosmetic services
-Online dating
-Work at home
-Car & home repair

Weight loss & fitness
Things to watch for:


-"Miracle” or “life-changing” results
-False urgency or “buy now” tactics
-Aggressive upsells
-Promises not in print
-Confusing contracts and cancellations
-Free trials and sneaky billing

Cosmetic Services
Things to watch for:


-Aggressive upsells
-Unrealistic testimonials
-No printed price sheets or contracts
-Today-only specials
-No credentials (Oregon Medical Board and/or Board of Cosmetology)

Online dating
Things to watch for:


−Work or travel abroad
−Unavailable by phone or video chat
−Too personal too quickly
−Emotional stories or urgent pleas
−Financial favors

Work at home
Things to watch for:

−High salaries and big part-time earnings
−Minimal experience or qualifications needed
−High-pressure job pitches
−Abundant grammatical or spelling errors

−Insufficient contact or company information
−No written job descriptions
−Job invitations from unknown senders

−Substantial upfront investments for trainings, starter-kits or merchandise
−New bank account requests
−Money-wiring requests
−Overpayment paychecks with wire transfer instructions


Car repair
Things to watch for:


−Inflated pricing
−No estimates
−No ASE certifications
−Negative reviews online

Home repair:
Things to watch for:


−Collecting full payments before completing job 
−Improper licensing with state contractors board
−Unmarked vehicles

In general:

−Check state business registration.
−Verify industry competency licensing.
−Use bbb.org for free BBB Business Reviews.
−Do research on Internet search engines.
−Look for full contact information.
−Get contracts and promises in writing.

The BBB offers free presentations to groups with this and other information.  If you are interested, you can contact the BBB at events@thebbb.org.