Anchorage, Alaska — October 1, 2015 – Starting today hundreds of thousands of eligible Alaskans will receive a record high $2,072 Permanent Fund Dividend, pouring $1.3 billion into the state’s economy. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington advises consumers to be cautious of coincidentally-timed “opportunities” and unsolicited offers.
Typically, BBB sees an increase in complaints following PFD disbursements, especially with seniors who are relentlessly targeted by scammers.
BBB advises consumers to be vigilant about any investment opportunities or charity requests that require significant upfront fees.
- Investment or vacation club seminars. Beware of invitations to seminars promising free plane tickets, travel club offers or free electronics for attending. Investment seminars often pitch “guaranteed” or higher than average returns but want upfront fees to participate. Be cautious of any get-rich-quick gimmicks.
- Talent scouts. Steer clear of fraudulent agencies that travel the country looking to cast models or actors. Often times the agencies will prey on the emotions of parents and grandparents and require large upfront payments for contracts, then skip town or never live up to their agreements.
- Charities. Scammers may attempt to solicit donations from unsuspecting victims by posing as a charity organizer. Avoid charities that request immediate donations or are not transparent about their organization. Avoid cash donations and check with org to research charities and tips on charitable giving.
Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 | firstname.lastname@example.org
David Quinlan, Vice President of Marketing: 206-676-4119