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BBB Tip of the Week: New law makes credit freezes, thaws easier and free

Identity theft can happen to anyone, but consumers have a new free tool to help protect themselves against scammers who would steal their financial information.


BBB Tip of the Week: Scam risk decreases with age

Grandparents Day was Sep., and it has been shown recently that older consumers have the lowest risk of being scammed. However, that does not mean scammers are not targeting this …


BBB Tip of the Week: Customer support callers targeted by gift card scam

When you dial customer support, be sure to double-check – or triple-check – the phone number. Scammers are buying phone numbers similar to the customer support numbers of major companies …


BBB Tip of the Week: Watch out for scammers trying to profit after natural disasters

Scammers almost always look for ways to benefit from disaster. In the wake of a natural disaster, and Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific is urging donors to give thoughtfully.


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware of job offers from Amazon Cash Websites

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BBB Tip of the Week: Protect yourself when heading back to school

Parents want their dollars go the furthest when purchasing items for children going back to grade school. For parents who have kids going to college, it’s essential to take time …


BBB Tip of the Week: Protect yourself during live sports season

The live sports season is upon us with our favorite college, NFL and local teams beginning seasons. Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific is offering some tips to make sure …


BBB Tip of the Week: Postcards from senior supplemental referral service mislead

Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers nationwide of misleading mailings from the insurance referral company,


BBB Tip of the Week: Area nominations sought for annual Torch Awards

The BBB Torch Awards program honors companies and charities who demonstrate a high level of integrity and ensure that the organization’s practices meet the highest standards of ethics.


BBB Tip of the Week: Keep the scam out of summer fun

Summer is the time to have fun outside, explore your area and possibly take in a concert or festival. While these summer activities sound enticing, consumers should be wary when …


BBB Tip of the Week: Use caution when buying from social media sites

Just because a company advertises on Facebook, Instagram or another social platform does not mean it is trustworthy. Be sure to do your research before making a purchase.


BBB Tip of the Week: Keeping things safe in a natural disaster

It’s just as important to be prepared before disaster strikes. Here are some steps you can take to get your home and business ready.


BBB Tip of the Week: Scams and small business report in partnership with the FTC

The Better Business Bureau has had a long relationship with the Federal Trade Commission. We assist with its investigations when we can, and the BBB and the FTC meet on …


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware of fake fun runs this summer

Better Business Bureau receives reports and complaints from around the country about a variety of fun runs that get canceled at short notice, often with no refunds. We also receive …


BBB Tip of the Week: How to avoid being taken by the Nigerian ‘Fund Transfer Scam’

Let me tell you the story of Mr. Q and how he lost $15,000 of his money.


BBB Tip of the Week: Sweepstakes, lottery schemes target seniors

A new report by Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods.


BBB Tip of the Week: Scammers take advantage of our connections to our phones

Nowadays our phones are glued to our hands. Scammers know this and take advantage by flooding us with robocalls.


BBB Tip of the Week: Military scams play on emotions, finances

In the past year, active military members, veterans and spouses in the Northwest have reported more than 500 scams, with an estimated $94,000 lost


BBB Tip of the Week: Be aware when using card at gas pump

It’s that time of year when many people are traveling or just out enjoying the spring air, which usually translates to extra trips to the gas pump.


BBB Tip of the Week: Mother’s Day provides opportunity for scammers

Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is warning shoppers to beware of scams while shopping for items such as flowers and jewelry for their mom.


BBB Tip of the Week: Jobs scams are third-riskiest scam

BBB offers tips for job seekers to avoid being scammed during their employment search.


BBB Tip of the Week: Research pet-care options as vacation time approaches

Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific offers this advice to help pet owners choose the best care for their four-legged family members.


BBB Tip of the Week: Spring cleaning should also include your online life

While clearing clutter is an annual ritual for many households, the National Cyber Security Alliance and Better Business Bureau have teamed up to remind all consumers not to be digital …


BBB Tip of the Week: Shop carefully to avoid prom-purchase scams

The Better Business Bureau warns families to beware of a variety of prom scams, especially when purchasing items online.


BBB Tip of the Week: Protect against hackers using public Wi-Fi networks

Although hackers can, and have, set up fake Wi-Fi connections in a number of venues, usually they will target consumers at airports or hotels.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 4:36 p.m.

BBB Tip of the Week: Pet scams increase with e-commerce growth

As more consumers turn to the internet to find new pets, more scams are popping up online.


BBB Tip of the Week: Take time, ask questions to avoid paving scams

A check of BBB’s Scam Tracker shows that paving scams are being reported across the country. And, many people report a loss of money, some upwards of $1,000.


BBB Tip of the Week: Ways to avoid neighbor spoofing robocalls

Neighbor spoofing robocalls are especially tricky because scammers trick you into thinking it’s someone in your community.


BBB Tip of the Week: This week has consumer protection focus

Each year, Better Business Bureau partners with agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Washington state Attorney General’s Office to educate the public about their consumer rights during National …


BBB Tip of the Week: Do your research before buying a new car

Before you hit cruise control on your new or used-car purchase, BBB offers the following tips for car shoppers.