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Top 10 Scams and Rip-Offs of 2010

A few new scams and rip-offs were added to the Better Business Bureau's annual list of the top 10 scams and rip-offs in 2010, primarily due to high unemployment and tough economic times, according to Stephen A. Cox, President and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

“With the economy still on the mend, scammers had a field day targeting struggling families who were looking for work and trying to make ends meet,” he said.

The annual report, based on inquiries and complaints filed at Better Business Bureau locations around the country found that job hunters and those struggling to make money and get out of debt were common targets of fraudsters, hackers and deceptive businesses in 2010.

Following, in no particular order, is BBB’s list of schemes that took advantage of consumers and small business owners across the country. Click ahead to see the top 10 scams and rip-offs for 2010.

By Constance Parten, Senior Producer
Posted 24 Jan 2011

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