Listen Now: Nextdoor App Could Be a Hotbed For Neighborhood Scams
Nextdoor is an app meant to connect you with your neighbors, and maybe a few criminals.
Most cities have a Nextdoor platform, a place for neighbors to sell things, report anything suspicious, or ask for advice. And while it might give you a sense of community, it can also be a hot bed for scams.
According to Buzzfeed news there are ways being used to rip people off. For example, in Westminster, Colorado a woman hired a company to repair her fence, a company recommended by multiple Nextdoor users. But when the contractors visited her, they asked for eleven thousand dollars to pick up supplies and never returned.
A family in Texas turned to Nextdoor to hire a contractor only to find he hired four inexperienced teenagers to do the work which turned out badly.
Experts say scammers are using Nextdoor to pose as licensed workers and then using other people to pose as neighbors and give them rave reviews. Then they run off with your money and perhaps a few souvenirs from your home.
Sometimes word of mouth isn’t the way to go.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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