Phishing | St. Louis Public Radio


Real estate agent Shawn Uhe speaks during a press conference at the Better Business Bureau in St. Louis about being a target of business email fraud. 9/26/19
Andrea Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

Internet security officials in St. Louis and around the country report a growing number of email scams that stole more than a billion dollars from businesses and individuals in 2018.

A Better Business Bureau report released Thursday says the amount of money email scammers stole tripled between 2016 and 2018. 

People in the St. Louis area recently have been the targets of scammers posing as religious leaders, the YMCA and the Better Business Bureau, said Steve Baker, an investigator for the bureau.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 1, 2013 - I haven’t heard from "Rachel from Cardholder Services” for a few weeks, but "Bob" with a thick accent from somewhere across the globe has been calling frequently to warn me that my computer has been infected with a virus.

Sometimes, the voice claiming to be "Bob” says he’s from Microsoft. Other times, he uses a more generic approach: He’s calling from "the IT department.”