MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s a trend seen nationwide and in the Mid-South. People in minority communities are more likely to be targeted by scams, according to a new Federal Trade Commission report.
A spokesman with the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South said minority communities are filing consumer complaints at a much higher rate than white communities, and the COVID pandemic is only making matters worse.
“Even sometimes when it seems too good to be true, people will think they’re already in this particular position, so why not try it?” Kenneth Lee of Memphis said.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. That’s why Lee believes more people are falling victim to scams during the pandemic.
“People are looking for a way out or away,” he said.
Daniel Irwin with the BBB of the Mid-South said since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a huge uptick in scam reports, especially employment and fake…