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Tuesday, December 10, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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BBB Tip of the Week: Spooktacular tips for Halloween

Shopping to decorate for Halloween should be a fun-filled experience – not a terrifying one.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Washington joins national crackdown on veteran scams

Washington sues two charities in national crackdown on groups that falsely claim to help veterans.


BBB Tip of the Week: Sweepstakes, lottery schemes target seniors

A new report by Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods.


Beware, online daters: Looking for love, you could be scammed instead

An estimated 82,000 U.S. consumers who’ve used dating sites in the past three years have been scammed by individuals who shower them with compliments, romantic text messages and promised dates, …


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware of tax season scams

By now you should have received your W-2 form in order to file your 2017 taxes. These tax forms are easy to identify because of their unique size and shape. …


Dear Annie: Deciding where possessions will go

Dear Annie advice column for Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017

BBB warns of advertising scam in the Northwest

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a company claiming to be based out of Vancouver, Washington, that is targeting businesses across the country, including Washington and Oregon.


BBB Tip of the Week: Giving to crowdfunding sites

There is a good chance if you are on social media or have an email account that you have been sent a link to a crowdfunding site to support an …


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


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 …


BBB warns of March Madness scams

Whether you’re looking for tickets to root on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks or another favorite team, be on the defense for ticket scammers.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

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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 …


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 …


BBB Tip of the Week: The top scams of 2016

The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker confirmed that IRS and tax scams are still at the top of the list for most reported scams in 2016.


BBB Tip of the Week: What’s not to like on social media?

It’s the most memorable time of the year. As 2016 winds down and it is a time to be reflective, social media is a hub of fun and visual ways …


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware the modern-day chain letter

The chain letter concept has been repurposing itself since being traced back to 1888 and has been more prolific than ever in the digital age.


BBB Tip of the Week: Ensure your tickets to the big bowl games are legit

It’s been an amazing college football season in the Northwest. As we don our favorite college colors and root for our Huskies, Cougars, Vandals and Eagles, it is easy to …


BBB Tip of the Week: What is the difference betgween RFID and EMV credit cards?

Many of us have heard the term RFID. Do you know what it means and how it affects your personal identification?


BBB Tip of the Week: Tips for the Giving Season

As 2016 winds down, most charities are working hard to make fundraising goals and encourage greater giving during the most active time for charity donations. Some organizations receive about one-third …


BBB Tip of the Week: Keep your information safe during shopping season

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest wants to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, especially when it comes to how they spend their money. The National Retail Federation …


BBB Tip of the Week: Be wary of holiday travel scams

As travelers make their plans for family getaways, scammers are also planning - but on ways to make a buck off others’ misfortune. In a little more than a year, …


BBB Tip of the Week: Top 5 small business scams

The Small Business Administration reports the percentage of self-employed seniors has been steadily on the rise since 2000. The data shows the percentage of individuals 62 years and older who …


Consumer Confidential: Couple’s $1,000 vanishes in gift card scam

Gloria and Lewis Polin spent $1,000 at CVS for a pair of Nordstrom gift cards and gave them to their daughter. She then tried to buy something and – waitaminnit …


BBB Tip of the Week: Avoid scholarship scams

Are you going back to school or have a child who is looking to attend a higher education institution in the next year? Paying for higher education is rising exponentially …


True aim of Initiative 1501 tangled in political brawl

There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and …


BBB Tip of the Week: Avoid scams during Medicare open enrollment

As of June 30, 2016, there have been 1,522 criminal actions totaling $1.98 billion in Medicare Fraud according to the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human …


BBB Tip of the Week: Stay safe online and lower cybersecurity risks

Cybercrimes are ever increasing with the most common being: fake check scams, internet merchandise scams, sweepstakes scams, debt loan scams, and phishing scams. BBB encourages online users to educate themselves …


BBB Tip of the Week: Fall Home Improvements

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. It’s official, fall is here in all its glory. For Spokane, that might mean a bite in the early …