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  • SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 27, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 20, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 29, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 1, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Pet flipping

    Criminals are preying on pets to make quick cash in an activity called pet flipping. Dogs are the most often flipped pets, with pure breeds popular due to high cash …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 25, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: School fundraisers or scammers?

    With students heading back to school, sports teams and other groups are beginning their rounds of fundraising. You may see students, parents, teachers and coaches in front of grocery stores …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 18, 2013

    BBB tip of the week

    For people who are behind on making payments, a call from a debt collector may not come as a surprise. For those who are surprised, the caller may be pretending …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 11, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Back-to-school shopping

    The start of another school year is just around the corner. Whether you have a student who needs crayons or a computer, now is the best time to get sale …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 4, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Scams targeting work-at-home jobs

    Work-at-home opportunities can be appealing to many looking for work or extra income. However, scams for these types of jobs are also prevalent. The FBI has identified the following as …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Renting self-storage units

    Summer is the season for yard sales, but some have limited space for valuables they want to keep. The solution for many is to rent a self-storage unit. Just like …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Fake check scam targeting drivers

    If you own a car, you may be a target of a new take on an old scam – the fake check scam. The scam starts with an ad on …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Yellow Page directory scams

    Businesses, churches and not-for-profit groups have long been targets for scammers posing as Yellow Page” business directory companies. These scammers are able to confuse businesses into paying for nonexistent directory …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Scammers posing as Medicare officials

    The BBB warns residents of the Inland Northwest about phone calls from scammers posing as Medicare officials and asking for personal information to issue new Medicare cards. Many times the …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Online dating

    Millions of people have tried online dating, and some even find love and a long-term relationship. Others find heartbreak and an empty wallet. Scammers target online dating sites looking for …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Solar panels

    As the weather warms, many of us are planning our outdoor projects. Installing solar panels to reduce (or eliminate) your electricity bill and help the environment may be on your …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Scams targeting the military

    On Memorial Day we celebrate and honor the men and women who serve or have served in our nation’s military. However, scammers targeting the military don’t take a holiday. To …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Prepaid phone cards

    The Federal Trade Commission investigated the prepaid phone cards of the company DR Phone Communications for more than 12 months and found the cards averaged only 40 percent of the …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: T-Mobile’s ‘no contract’ service plan

    An investigation by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office found that T-Mobile didn’t adequately disclose terms to customers signing up for their “no contract” service plan. Specifically, the company didn’t …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Airline travel scams

    Airline travel scams are abundant, and the BBB wants you to be aware of a few common ones. Two arrive through the mail. The first is a letter claiming you …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: the Funeral Rule

    The funeral business is a $15 billion to $20 billion industry. Sadly, unscrupulous funeral directors may use deceptive or unfair business practices to prey on grieving families. To combat these …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Home inventories

    For years I have protected my personal property with an insurance policy, first as a renter and then as a home owner. I lock my doors. I make sure to …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Unethical ‘advisers’

    Beware unscrupulous attorneys, financial planners and insurance agents targeting veterans and their families. They begin their pitch with an offer for free pension advice. However, the qualifications for the extended …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Event ticket scams

    Major sporting events like the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, NASCAR and the Super Bowl bring out the scammers who capitalize on the scarcity of tickets and fans’ desire to …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: Phony FTC emails

    Scammers are targeting small businesses with emails pretending to be from the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau. The latest wave of fake emails occurred earlier this month. …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013

    BBB Tip of the Week: False health claims

    The Federal Trade Commission reached a $5.5 million settlement with Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A. after filing charges against the company for false health claims about its dietary supplements. Iovate misled …


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