Category Archives: Too Good To Be True

‘Rich father killed by Boko Haram’: latest twist to classic Nigerian Prince scam

The details change, but the scam remains the same… You may have heard of the “Nigerian Prince” email scam, where the exiled Nigerian prince needs your help to smuggle lots of money out of his country and needs your help. If … Continue reading

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BBB warns last-minute SXSW attendees to avoid bogus badges and wristbands

South By Southwest (SXSW) starts today. Did you get a badge or a wristband? If not, you might be tempted to look to a third party to find them at a cut rate–badges are expensive and wristbands are sold out. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Defendants in Spanish-language scheme banned from telemarketing, selling weight-loss products

In a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, defendants in a Spanish-language marketing scheme are banned from telemarketing and selling weight-loss products. The defendants allegedly charged Spanish-speaking consumers for unordered and defective products and made it costly or nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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BBB warns of scams targeting service members

Military Saves Week is an opportunity to focus on the financial readiness of Service Members and their families to help them reduce debt and save money for the future.  But scammers are also interested in Service Members too. Better Business … Continue reading

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FTC issues refund checks to U.S. consumers who bought Double Shot diet supplements

Did you purchase Double Shot pills, which promised to “cause rapid, substantial, and permanent weight loss without diet or exercise” (but did not)? If so, you may have a refund check coming. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week … Continue reading

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Jamaican man first to be extradited to the U.S. on charges in international lottery scheme

Your BBB regularly gets calls from consumers who were told they just won a big lottery prize–all they have to do is wire a few hundred dollars to cover some kind of fee. Of course, if they do, the money … Continue reading

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Fishing for romance this Valentine’s Day? Don’t catch a catfish!

BBB warns online users to beware of scams that could break hearts and wallets  The Internet can be a good way to find romance–millions of Americans use online dating sites, social media and chat rooms to meet people. Unfortunately, those … Continue reading

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BBB lists top 10 scams of 2014

Better Business Bureau hears from thousands of consumers and business owners every year about a variety of scams and frauds. Many are new twists on existing scams, but scammers get more sophisticated every year in how they spoof trusted names … Continue reading

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Want to lose weight this year? Don’t get tricked by false claims!

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BBB warns: Beware of ‘too good to be true’ diet products

Looking to shed some unwanted pounds? Some people do it by hitting the gym and cutting calories. Others try to lose weight by participating in a weight loss program or buying the diet products they see in ads. If you’re in that … Continue reading

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