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Better Business Bureau Warns of Scams Targeting the Disabled

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The Better Business Bureau visited the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center Wednesday to tell people about scams targeting residents with disabilities.

Some of the scams targeting the disables are taking advantage of modern technology like TTY devises, so that the victim does not actually hear the caller who might be trying to get their money. E-mails, text messages and voice-to-text are being used in scams mainly aimed at identity theft or tricking people into giving money.

A representative from the Better Business Bureau spoke to about 25 residents about the various methods being used by scammers against the disabled. Jaime Lugo, who works at the Center, said the most common scam that he hears about deals with online dating.

"An issue that's arising is our online identity, where, let's say a man is saying that he is in love with you, you know. Online dating," Lugo said. "And to pay for more money to come and visit, and then all of a sudden they just disappear. So that's very, very popular right now."

Other scams discussed Wednesday involve people using texting to threaten a cut off of services unless money is paid. Also, phony lottery scams, contests and investment scams.

One other popular scam targeting those who are hard of hearing include instant messages on Facebook posing as the children of friends who are overseas and in need of emergency cash.