Category Archives: Too Good To Be True

Don’t get burned by a ‘hot’ travel deal

Now that spring is here, a lot of folks are thinking about summer vacation plans. Cheap deals can be pretty tempting. How does a one-week stay in a condo in Hawaii with return air fare, only $299.98″ sound? Unfortunately, a deal … Continue reading

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Intermodal Wealth of Houston indicted for investment fraud

Investing always carries risk, but it’s especially risky when the people soliciting investments offer a deal that’s too good to be true–and have previous convictions for fraud. Those red flags and more applied to Houston company Intermodal Wealth LLC, according to … Continue reading

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Don’t let puppy love blind you from online scammers

Better Business Bureaus warns consumers about scams targeting unsuspecting puppy buyers Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin warns dog lovers to be cautious when responding to online or newspaper classified advertising. Commonly, a scammer—posing … Continue reading

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Cheap website of your own that earns lots of money with little or no work? Dream on.

Your BBB often warns consumers about the risks of work-at-home opportunities. One of the schemes that gets consumers in trouble these days is the promise of a website that  lets you collect ad revenue with a small payout and little … Continue reading

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BBB Scam Alert: Snapchat users targeted by risky spam messages

Beware of the “something for nothing” offer. Whether by phone, email or text message, scam artists have been using that offer as bait for a long time. Now the social media app called Snapchat–popular with teens and young adults that … Continue reading

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Precious metal marketers banned from selling investment opportunities

They say all that glitters isn’t gold. Ironically enough, that also applies to gold investments, which aren’t always as valuable as you might expect. In fact, investing in precious metals can turn out to be a financial disaster. Case in … Continue reading

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FTC shuts down mystery shopper scam, bans defendants from selling work-at-home opportunities

Work-at-home opportunities are tempting, but unfortunately, the industry can be a risky one for consumers. BBB has warned about the work-at-home industry in the past. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently obtained settlements from several businesses and individuals, shutting down … Continue reading

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Three Texas men convicted of investment fraud

The economy may be in recovery, but there are still plenty of people struggling to get ahead, trying to make up for past losses and save up a nest egg for the future by investing money. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous … Continue reading

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Don’t get burned by a rental scam–if you have to wire money to get the keys, walk away!

A co-worker was looking for a rental house in the Austin area this weekend, when he spotted a heck of a deal in online classified ad: a three-bedroom home being rented for only $850 a month. Well below the going … Continue reading

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Don’t lose money on fad weight-loss products

It’s a sad fact of life that there’s no easy way to lose weight. You’ll probably have to eat less and exercise more. There’s no shortage of people trying to sell us “easy” weight loss, however. The Federal Trade Commission … Continue reading

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