• Randy Hutchinson is the president of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. Reach the BBB at 800-222-8754.

Scammers prey on desperation and uncertainty and the current eviction moratorium has created lots of both. One report said 167,000 Tennessee households are at risk of eviction for being past due on their rent. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) imposed a moratorium on residential evictions in September 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. After several extensions, it was due to expire July 31. On Aug 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ended President Biden’s eviction moratorium.

Scammers have taken advantage of every aspect of the health crisis to separate people from their money, including creating fake websites selling PPE, peddling bogus treatments, and making phony offers to help move up in the queue to get vaccinated.

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