Stories tagged: BBB
Sun., April 16, 2017, 4 a.m.
BBB tip of the week: What private IRS collectors means to you
The most common scam attempt is the “IRS Collection” call or email. The Internal Revenue Service has contracted with
Sun., April 9, 2017, 5:15 a.m.
BBB Tip of the Week: Teens can avoid prom scams
Before teenagers dance the night away, families will need a checklist to prepare for a scam-free prom.
Sun., March 26, 2017, midnight
BBB tip of the week: Look out for puppy fever
Sun., March 19, 2017, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: Avoiding spring break bail scams
I educate the community about various scams and how to avoid being a victim. Many of my presentations take place at senior centers where many share their stories and experiences …
Sun., March 12, 2017, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: Who is at the biggest risk of being scammed?
Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust has developed a deeper way to understand prevalent scams and their impact. Historically, scam report data has been volume based and ranked according …
Sun., March 5, 2017, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: The Evolution of phone scams
Did you ever make a phone call through a switch board or party line? Maybe you had a rotary dial phone with a twenty-five foot cord you would stretch into …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: Look out for fashion fakes
Spring is just around the corner, and a new outfit or purse can be a great way to change seasons. Seventy-six percent of the online fashion scams reported to BBB …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
BBB Tip of the Week:
Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day coming up. Especially after the holidays when people can feel lonely, this is a prime time for scammers to play on the …
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 5:34 a.m.
BBB Tip of the Week: Time to guard against tax season scams
People say that bad things happen in threes. Tax scams are no different. As W-2 tax forms land in mailboxes and forms are being completed, there are a few things …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, midnight
BBB tips for winter storm damage
The Northwest is being hit with record snow amounts and low temperatures wreaking havoc on roads, roofs and pipes. The Better Business Bureau reminds those who experience damage to take …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 6:10 a.m.
BBB tip: How fit is your online security?
If you are gearing up for a healthier lifestyle both physically and financially, consider starting an online security fitness plan.
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: Millennials more likely to be scammed
Contrary to popular belief it isn’t just seniors that are easily taken in by a scam. A new study released by the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust found …
Sun., July 31, 2016, midnight
BBB tip of the week: Safe giving after a tragedy
A recent BBB Scam Tracker survey found that one in five people lose money to a scam each year with annual losses estimated at $50 billion. With recent tragedies taking …
Sun., Jan. 31, 2016, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: Fake PayPal Emails Fool Online Sellers
Scammers send fake PayPal transaction emails targeting online sellers of high-ticket items.
Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 2:36 p.m.
BBB Tip of the Week: Targeting college students
BBB: Scammers are targeting college students
Sun., Aug. 3, 2014, midnight
BBB Tip of the Week: Pension advances
Debt-to-income ratios among people over 65 years old have risen since the recent recession. Predatory lenders, specifically advance pension lenders, are targeting retirees with military, federal and state pensions who …
Sun., Dec. 29, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Dec. 22, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Dec. 15, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Dec. 8, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Dec. 1, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Nov. 24, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Nov. 10, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Nov. 3, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Oct. 27, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Oct. 20, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Oct. 6, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Sept. 29, 2013, midnight
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 …
Sun., Sept. 15, 2013, midnight
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 …