Target 2 Consumer Alert: Fake online reviews, college test prep scam

(WBAY) – There are plenty of new scams popping up. Anything from fake online reviews to a college test prep scam. There’s even a scam attempt involving a popular story we've been following about an injured police K-9 in Green Bay.

A fox valley business owner contacted Target 2 after a man offered to write fake online reviews for him ($10 per review).

Action 2 News arranged a skype conversation with the man who wouldn't show his face, but goes by the name Jay.

“It is not illegal to compensate people for reviews, but it is illegal for companies not to disclose that,” said Susan Bach with the Better Business Bureau.

The Better Business Bureau said to look out for posts or usernames that seem too similar to each other. If the comments or accounts seem too generic on the review, that could be a red flag.

There’s also a scam alert from a fox valley father. He contacted Target 2 about a college test prep scam. His daughter is a junior at Kaukauna High School. They got a call offering practice materials for $230 and the money would be refunded once the materials were returned. The scammers even claimed they were working with the Kaukauna School District.

“Honestly they were so good at it, if they asked for my card number to secure it, they didn't ask any money, I might have done it, they were that good,” said Dallas Britt, a father in Kaukauna.

This is a nationwide scam. Research the company online and check with the school to see if it's legit.

Also, there’s a scam arising from a big story we followed this week when Green Bay Police K-9 Pyro was stabbed. There's been an outpouring of support and fundraising as the police dog is recovering. Green Bay police issued a scam alert they received about calls from people saying they got a phone call soliciting donations for Pyro. They are not. This is a prime example of a scammer using a sad incident of disaster for their benefit.

As we always say in our Target 2 Consumer Alerts, don't give any money or personal information, no matter who they claim to be.