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BBB Tip of the Week: Use caution when buying an EpiPen

The rising costs of pharmaceuticals has been a hot topic for a while now, but the recent price hike of EpiPens has pushed it back to the forefront. The high …


BBB Tip of the Week: Take the smart route when to comes to auto repair

Whether it’s an oil change or an extensive car repair, Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest advises drivers to steer clear of unscrupulous mechanics and go with reputable auto service …


BBB Tip of the Week: New phishing scheme on tax pros

There’s a new phishing scheme going around that is targeting tax professionals. Here’s how it works: a tax professional receives an email claiming to be from tax software providers attempting …


BBB Tip of the Week: Blocking Unwanted Calls

In 2015 there were 222 million numbers registered to the National Do Not Call Registry. Is your number one of them? To be sure telemarketers aren’t calling you illegally be …


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 …


BBB Tip of the Week: Scammers claim to be BBB employees

No one is immune from having their identity stolen, not even Better Business Bureau. Lately, we’ve received reports over the phone, in email and even on our Scam Tracker regarding …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware rental house scams

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has seen an uptick in rental house scams. Since the BBB’s Scam Tracker launched in 2015 there have been about two dozen complaints made …


BBB Tip of the Week: Summer travel tips

Have you already begun planning that summer getaway? While thoughts of sandy beaches and blue waters may be on the brain, unfortunately this is also the time when scammers are …


BBB Tip of the Week

On Saturday the country will celebrate Armed Forces Day by coming together and thanking military members for their service. This is a time to honor service members for their sacrifice …


Phone scammer impersonating lieutenant, Spokane police warn

A telephone scammer is impersonating a Spokane Police Department lieutenant, and telling victims they owe the police money, according to a police news release.


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 …


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 …


BBB Tip of the Week: Use caution when donating after a natural disaster

Use caution when donating to earthquake-struck regions.


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 …


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 …


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.


BBB Tip of the Week: FTC releases 2015 Consumer Sentinel Data Book

Imposter scams appear to be the biggest con targeting Washington residents.


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 …


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 …


BBB Tip of the Week: Illegal robocalls about health insurance

Now that the Affordable Care Act is well known, scammers are using robocalls to scare consumers and phish for sensitive personal information.


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.


BBB Tip of the Week: Scam Tracker and Tax Collection Scams

When you visit the BBB Scam Tracker at


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 …


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, …