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

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


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 …


BBB Tip of the Week: Powerball Lottery Scams

Lottery scams were among the top 10 scams of 2015. An easy prediction is that scammers will take advantage of the recent Powerball frenzy. Even though Powerball winners are announced …


BBB Tip of the Week: Lumosity’s Deception

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with the online brain training program “Lumosity” for allegedly deceiving consumers with unfounded scientific claims.


BBB Tip of the Week: Retail Returns

For some the season of giving may also be the season of returns. Currently, no state laws exist for Washington and Idaho covering customer returns for retail sales. This means …


BBB Tip of the Week: Job-Related Identity Theft

Job-related identity theft is often difficult to detect. Most people don’t realize it has happened until the IRS sends a notice to collect additional income tax.


BBB Tip of the Week: Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shoppers get to continue enjoying the holiday spirit with Giving Tuesday.


BBB Tip of the Week: Medicare Open Enrollment Scams

Open enrollment for Medicare recipients continues through December 7. During this time of year, recipients can comparison shop and change their plans if they choose. This is also the time …


BBB Tip of the Week: Chip Technology Scam

Credit and debit card issuers are providing you with better fraud protection in new cards with a chip that generates unique transaction data.


BBB Tip of the Week: Beware iPhone survey scam

New online scam is targeting new iPhone users to collect personal data and credit card information.


BBB Tip of the Week: Targeting college students

BBB: Scammers are targeting college students


BBB Tip of the Week

An email in your inbox may claim to have the cure to diabetes. If you or someone you know is living daily with diabetes, then you know how welcome a …


BBB Tip of the Week

Have you ever been browsing online and seen an ad for a great deal – maybe even a free trial offer – that was too good to pass up? If …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago About 40 Spokane waiters and waitresses descended on the Northern Pacific depot’s ticket booth, requesting free passes to Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks, …


Couple lose life savings in sophisticated scam

Marv and Penny Wasser were careful with their money. They saved for their retirement and had only one credit card, which they paid off in full every month. But that …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A squad of boys, ages 12 to 14, scoured Spokane’s North Side and offered to do a spring cleaning of yards. The homeowners were …


Opportunistic scammers get busy during holidays

Watch out: Sending a letter from Santa to your grandchildren could be a trick by scammers trying to hijack your personal information and subject you to identity theft, warns the …


AARP program aims to protect older Americans from scams

Con artists aren’t just targeting the stereotypical old lady at home. It happened just last week to the wife of one of the nation’s experts on online safety – a …


Elderly more vulnerable to sophisticated scams

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Jerry Pugh keeps all of his wire transfer and MoneyGram receipts rubber-banded together in a cardboard box labeled “stupid.” The 74-year-old Woodland resident has lost more than …


Eye on Boise: Branden Durst resigns from state Senate for family reasons

BOISE – A Democratic state senator from Boise resigned from the Senate last week, several months after news reports suggested he’d actually already left the state. Sen. Branden Durst, D-Boise, …


BBB Tip of the Week: Mortgage foreclosure rescue scams

As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers in financial distress, it obtained judgment against Dinamica Financiera LLC, Soluciones Dinamicas Inc., Valentin Benitez, and Jose Mario …


Area residents targeted by scrap metal scam

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of Eastern Washington and North Idaho of yet another scam.


BBB Tip of the Week: Bedbugs

Bedbugs have been a problem across the country. If you’ve ever encountered them, you know how stressful it can be. And you don’t want to pay for a remedy that …


BBB Tip of the Week: counterfeit items

There are good reasons not to buy counterfeit helmets, jerseys and autographed footballs, including this one: Counterfeit items are stolen goods. Fakers are using the name of the team or …


BBB Tip of the Week: Most common scams, Part 1

Most common scams, Part 1: This year, the BBB celebrates its 100th anniversary. Unfortunately, con artists have been around even longer. Today, the BBB’s Scam Source (www.bbb.org/scam) is available to …


Officials call repair bids a scam

Faith Gallinger had long wanted custom cabinets for her early 20th-century home in northeast Spokane. Ronald Glen Stratton seemed perfect for the task – he boasted of being able to …


New scam targets Spokane residents

Spokane city officials are warning residents of new scam that uses City of Spokane phone numbers.


Fishing for fakes

SEATTLE – When a waiter at your favorite restaurant hands you the “fresh sheet” and you order dinner, do you know if you’re getting what you’re ordering? According to state …


Spokane man, 61, loses nearly $3,000 in latest cycle of scams

Jim Patterson lost almost $3,000 in a scam before he realized he would never see the money again. The 61-year-old Spokane man was trying to get a $30,000 personal loan …


Is your friend really a friend on Facebook?

ORLANDO, Fla. – Facebook is the latest hot spot for swindlers in search of new victims. And the world’s most popular social-networking website can be a gold mine for such …