Connecticut Better Business Bureau has launched a new program called Scam Tracker, which can help protect consumers and businesses in the state from various types of fraud sweeping the country.

Scam Tracker was developed as a repository for illegal activities targeting consumers, businesses, and the marketplace at large, and it includes both tracking and reporting functions.

This online tool consists of an interactive map of the continent with scam hotspots. Consumers and businesses will see numbers of scams in those areas, which can be clicked for more details. This allows you to zoom in to your city or neighborhood to see what your family, friends, neighbors and other consumers in Connecticut are reporting.

The current number of reported scams is shown at the top of the page.

Report It!

The features rely upon consumers and businesses clicking on “Report a Scam” and entering information about fraud attempts. No personal information is published in Scam Tracker. In fact, when you submit the information, Better Business Bureau reviews it to remove any personal information that may have been entered.

The information collected through Scam Tracker allows sharing of its data with law enforcement and regulators, while providing consumers and businesses with the latest scam trends.

Better Business Bureau is working with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to see how the data can be used to help consumers and businesses on a national scale by revealing what types of fraud are evolving or returning. The ultimate aim is to locate and prosecute the perpetrators.