Stories tagged: Better Business Bureau
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
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 …
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017
BBB: Before you say ‘I do,’ do your homework
Wedding season is coming up and it is big business. On average the wedding industry generates $72 billion a year. This includes, gowns, music, venue, invitations and favors. With so …
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
Tips for being college bound
Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest wants to support lifelong learning and provide tips to make sure you earn a good grade at financing your education through financial aid or …
SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017
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 …
SUNDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 7:20 A.M.
‘My Pillow,’ the infomercial sensation, flunks out of Better Business Bureau
The list of problems keeps growing for My Pillow, the popular Minnesota-based pillow maker known for its late-night TV informercials and celebrity endorsements. Just months after settling a class action …
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016, 3:18 P.M.
Auto dealers generate highest number of complaints to Spokane BBB office
New and used auto dealers generated the highest number of complaints to the Spokane-area Better Business Bureau in 2016, followed by collections agencies and property management firms.
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, JULY 17, 2016
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 …
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016
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 …
SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016
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 …
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: FTC battles scam targeting minorities
On June 15 the Federal Trade Commission released a report detailing their work on assisting and educating African American and Latino communities. The report, “Combating Fraud in African American and …
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016, 2:18 P.M.
Cable customers targeted by scam
Cable One reports that a phishing scam targeting its customers is making the rounds and urges people not to fall for the email.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Kidnapping scam targets parents
A scam targeting parents has caught the eye of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In this con scammers are going to great lengths to convince parents they’ve abducted their children. …
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
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 …
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016
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 …
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Don’t be left open to the garage-door scam
Garage doors may be one of the most overlooked home appliances, but it is necessary to keep it in running order. Garage door springs have a life cycle of three …
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016, 11 A.M.
BBB Tip of the Week: Use caution when donating after a natural disaster
Use caution when donating to earthquake-struck regions.
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Drug trafficking scam targets traveling seniors
Federal investigators say drug traffickers are preying on seniors by convincing them to travel abroad - often times by covering travel expenses - and then tricking them into smuggling drugs …
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Student loan debt relief scam halted
Student Aid Institute, Inc., a California based company, is facing stiff penalties from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for some shady business practices. The CFPB faults the debt services company …
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016
BBB Tip of Week: Watch out for fake Macy’s emails
It appears that Macy’s Inc. is the next major company to be targeted by scammers.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: FTC releases 2015 Consumer Sentinel Data Book
Imposter scams appear to be the biggest con targeting Washington residents.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Spring cleaning and repair scams
Spring has arrived. So have salespeople who are walking neighborhoods, knocking on doors and offering to clean floors, empty gutters, fertilize lawns, trim trees and repair homes. When salespeople show …
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: BBB Impersonators
Small business owners and sole proprietors should be on the lookout for Better Business Bureau imposters. Con artists are calling businesses, stating they are from the BBB and claiming that …
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 12:11 P.M.
Better Business Bureau: Trump University got a D- in 2010
U WASHINGTON – The Better Business Bureau is disputing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claims about its ratings of his Trump University.
SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: High School Diploma Scams
The Federal Trade Commission recently charged three operators of online “high schools” with deceptive and misleading practices for claiming that their diploma programs were legitimate.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Avoid heartbreak this Valentine’s Day
Scammers are looking to break hearts this Valentine’s Day. With an uptick in online dating, flower sales and weekend getaway deals —there’s a number of ways to get cheated. Better …
SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Cable, utility company scams
Con artists pretend to be from cable companies and utilities providers of electricity, water and gas, in order to steal from consumers. During severe weather conditions that knock out services, …
SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2016
BBB Tip of the Week: Smishing
Are you vulnerable to smishing attacks? You are if you have a smartphone and use texting. Smishing is like phishing, but instead of using email, perpetrators send you a text …