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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Better Business Bureau in Nashville has issued a warning about what it's calling the "Top 10 Summer Scams."

The BBB says Facebook is now one of the top venues for scammers this summer. There are scammers out there with fake profiles looking to make a real connection.

"It's extremely open to scammers. All they have to do is lift a photograph and once they have anything that identifies with your profiles, they're off to the races," said Kathleen Calligan, president of the Nashville BBB.

Another big scam this summer involves thieves who say they specialize in selling your timeshare, and for some reason, they have decided to pretend that company headquarters are in Nashville.

"Nashville has become the timeshare scam city. We have so many companies operating over the Internet or just doing telephone calls. They have all kinds of paperwork and websites that connect them to a Church Street address or a 4th Avenue address in Nashville," Calligan said.

They request $3,000 or $4,000 in closing costs and the victims never hear from them again.

Medical alert systems are now scam alert systems. The scammer calls and says your doctor has signed you up and it's approved by Medicaid. They say all they need are taxes, but of course, they take more.

There are also scammers who call and say they are about to turn off your power unless you make a payment over the phone. Usually, they target small businesses that cannot suffer having the lights turned off, even for a day.

The problem is that the call not only seems real, but it looks real.

"Guess what, it shows up on their telephone ID that they are talking to a local utility company, so they are convinced that they have to pay their utility bill immediately," Calligan said.

Calligan says if you take one thing away from this list, it's that you can no longer trust caller ID blindly.

"Any scammer can spoof your own telephone number. Recently, they have spoofed the BBB's name, and it looks like the Better Business Bureau is calling you. It looks like the IRS is calling you. You can't trust caller ID," Calligan said.

Click here to see the full list of scams from the BBB.

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