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  • SUNDAY, AUG. 14, 2016

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2016

    BBB Tip of the Week: Fake PayPal Emails Fool Online Sellers

    Scammers send fake PayPal transaction emails targeting online sellers of high-ticket items.


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015, 2:36 P.M.

    BBB Tip of the Week: Targeting college students

    BBB: Scammers are targeting college students


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 3, 2014

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 29, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 15, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 1, 2013

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2013

    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 …


  • 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 …


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