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  • BBB Tip of the Week: Use caution when buying an EpiPen

    The rising costs of pharmaceuticals has been a hot topic for a while now, but the recent price hike of EpiPens has pushed it back to the forefront. The high …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Take the smart route when to comes to auto repair

    Whether it’s an oil change or an extensive car repair, Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest advises drivers to steer clear of unscrupulous mechanics and go with reputable auto service …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: New phishing scheme on tax pros

    There’s a new phishing scheme going around that is targeting tax professionals. Here’s how it works: a tax professional receives an email claiming to be from tax software providers attempting …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Blocking Unwanted Calls

    In 2015 there were 222 million numbers registered to the National Do Not Call Registry. Is your number one of them? To be sure telemarketers aren’t calling you illegally be …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Scammers claim to be BBB employees

    No one is immune from having their identity stolen, not even Better Business Bureau. Lately, we’ve received reports over the phone, in email and even on our Scam Tracker regarding …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Exercise caution when using Pokémon GO

    By now you’ve probably heard about the latest craze to sweep the nation. Pokémon GO has attracted millions of users since it went live July 6. In just a few …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: FTC Warns of Illegal Payment Methods

    The Federal Trade Commission released an alert about an important Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) amendment that took effect in June. According to the FTC these changes make it illegal for …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: “Best of …” lists may be business scam

    There’s a new trend with lists honoring the “Best Small Towns,” “Best Place for Happy Hour” and even “Best Cup of Coffee.” Some of these “best of” lists even send …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Cable ONE Phishing Scam

    A Better Business Bureau employee recently received an email from Cable ONE warning of a fake email making the rounds, requesting customers update their account information. The bogus email informs …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Student Loan Scams

    As summer nears many high school graduates are working harder than ever to secure financial aid to cover their college expenses. Many will likely take up student loan debt in …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Beware rental house scams

    Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has seen an uptick in rental house scams. Since the BBB’s Scam Tracker launched in 2015 there have been about two dozen complaints made …


  • BBB Tip of the Week

    On Saturday the country will celebrate Armed Forces Day by coming together and thanking military members for their service. This is a time to honor service members for their sacrifice …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Watch for Mother’s Day scams

    May 5, 2016 –Mother’s Day is a time to honor and pamper the important women in our lives. While the holiday is generally a happy occasion, it is also a …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Use caution when donating after a natural disaster

    Use caution when donating to earthquake-struck regions.


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Holiday Job Scams

    Better Business Bureau offers advice to avoid job scams this holiday season or any time of year:


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Unauthorized charges on credit, debit cards

    Dealing with fraudulent charges on a debit or credit card can be a hassle. The laws protecting credit cards and debit cards are different. The Fair Credit Billing Act limits …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Holiday scams, frauds

    The Better Business Bureau is warning about these common holiday scams and frauds: Malware e-cards: Viruses and malware often travel in email attachments or links. Don’t click on an email …


  • BBB Tip of the Week

    The Federal Trade Commission shut down a Canadian telemarketer and his four companies that fraudulently claimed to be able to broker sales for unsuspecting car sellers. The telemarketers targeted car …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Beware the digital hijacker

    A computer infection called Cryptolocker, a digital hijacker, is targeting businesses. Once installed, this malware, also called ransomware, encrypts files and networked volumes. Next, a splash screen appears demanding a …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Cyber Monday deals

    On the Monday following Thanksgiving, online retailers offer deals that rival those of Black Friday. If you plan to do holiday shopping online, the Better Business Bureau offers the following …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Preparing for holiday deals

    As we get closer to the holidays, shoppers are preparing to get the most for their dollar. For anyone braving the crowds for super deals on Black Friday, the Better …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Training programs

    The training provided by vocational and correspondence schools can prepare students for careers that are fulfilling and rewarding. But not all training programs are equal. Some institutions will inflate their …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Spam on social media

    According to the Nexgate research report “2013 State of Social Media Spam,” spam on social networks has risen 355 percent in the first six months of 2013. The greatest motivation …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Phone bill cramming

    Is your phone bill crammed with illegal charges? Phone cramming occurs when a third party places a charge to your phone account without your consent. Cramming can occur on landlines …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Discount clubs and memberships

    After allegations that consumers were enrolled in and charged for memberships and discount clubs without their consent, Affinion entered a settlement agreement for $30 million with 47 states and the …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Hacking of Acrobat products

    Adobe announced Oct. 3 that hackers had breached its security and accessed source code for at least one of its software titles and possibly its Acrobat family of products and …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Health care scams

    Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are in effect and scammers are pouncing on the confusion related to these healthcare changes. Here are several scams that …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Keep your mail safe

    For several years, a friend who lives in a rural area has used a post office box for all of his mail correspondence. Several times, mail thieves looted his home …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Identity theft

    Many college students start the fall term anticipating a productive year of learning and growth. What many may not realize is that they are prime targets for identity theft. College …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Buying a new or used car

    The purchase of a new or used car can be expensive and time-consuming. The Washington state Attorney General’s Office reported more than 1,000 car-buying complaints made to its office last …


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