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BBB of Greater Maryland warns of fake websites

The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland is warning against online fraud by scammers pretending to be a legitimate business website.

The BBB said that a fictitious business has been operating under the web address Overstockcloseoutstock.com, claiming to be a Salisbury company. The site, according to the BBB, fraudulently used the logo of Overstock.com.

The FBI received 20 complaints around the country and consumers lost about $9,000 through the website, the BBB said. (If you plug in the web address, you will receive a notice that the site is under construction.)

In Maryland, such fraud is growing, the BBB said. A report released last month found that Maryland ranked No. 13 in Internet crime complaints in the country, and No. 14 in monetary losses — $9.7 million in 2012.

“With Internet crime growing, scammers are raising the stakes for Marylanders,” said Angie Barnett, president and CEO of the BBB in Maryland said in a statement. “While law enforcement and our own investigators are identifying and shutting down fraudulent sites, consumers must be able to spot red flags, beef up spam and virus protection, and stay informed.”

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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