Takata airbag recall triples in size

What the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history”, is expected to impact more than 37 million vehicles in the U.S. that were made by part supplier Takata. According to Consumer Reports, the airbags were installed in cars made by 19 different automakers from…

Shop with these brands? Your data may be compromised

Data breaches are all too common these days as restaurants and retailers are announcing more frequently that consumer’s personal information have been compromised. According to Business Insider, many of them are caused by flaws in payment systems, either online or in stores. Here’s a list of known data breaches thus far in 2018: Sears –…

Contest: Fiesta Medal Giveaway

Fiesta is an annual Spring event to celebrate the diverse cultures of San Antonio. Consumers are encouraged to enter a BBB hosted contest in order to win one of five BBB 2018 Fiesta medals. Rules: BBB employees cannot participate in the contest, but can share the post on their social media accounts. Contestants will be…

FTC sues get-rich opportunity company

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit against a company that claimed clients could make thousands of dollars in sales on Amazon.com if their use their system. In the lawsuit against the company, the FTC says Amazing Wealth Systems has nothing to do with Amazon and made money by enrolling people in their…

Don’t strike out with fake baseball tickets this season

Baseball season is officially in full swing! But before you spend your hard earned cashed to see your favorite team, BBB advises you to be on alert for ticket scams. There are hundreds of game day tickets listed on classifieds websites, which seems great to those making a last-minute decision to see a ballgame. However,…

Preparing for storm season

With spring time fast approaching, Texans can expect to see severe storms and flash flooding increase during the warmer months. Unfortunately, several Texas communities have seen flood waters wash away homes and businesses. The aftermath of a natural disaster often results in an influx of “storm chasers”. Storm chasers are usually out of town companies…

Tech Support Scam Resurfaces

After two years of being shut down, a Microsoft tech-support scam has resurfaced with a new twist according to SC Media. The anti-malware software firm, Malwarebytes, helped uncover the original scam two years ago and once again spotted the threat. Here’s how the scam works: A victim’s computer will receive a pop-up ad enabled with a…

Don’t forget to check your credit report

When was the last time you checked your credit report? Nowadays, checking your credit report is essential in order to verify all outstanding debts and maintain a strong defense against identity theft. Especially with the news announced by Equifax that an additional 2.4 million people were impacted by the 2017 hack that affected 145.5 million…

Don’t Let a Rental Scam Ruin Your Vacation

Planning a Spring Break getaway or heading to the annual South by Southwest festival? As you consider issues like cost and location of a vacation rental, also consider that the rental listing could be a scam. The Federal Trade Commission warns that scammers will often advertise rentals that don’t exist or aren’t available to trick…

Study: Identity fraud hits all time high in 2017

According to a new study by Javelin Strategy & Research, identity fraud went up eight percent in 2017 rising to 16.7 million victims. The number is a record high since Javelin Strategy & Research began tracking identity fraud since 2003. The study states credit card accounts remained the most prevalent targets for new account fraud, along…

Easy steps to build your savings

One of the hardest parts of building your savings account is finding the cash to set aside. Although it may feel like you don’t have the money to spare, setting aside $20 to $50 is a good place to start. In honor of Military Saves Week, BBB offers these tips to begin building up your…

Don’t Bank On It: Fake Check Scams Making the Rounds

Finding a check in the mail with your name on it may feel like it’s your lucky day; but think before you take the money and run. Chances are, that check is a sham. Fake check and money order scams take on many different forms, but the core scheme is typically the same. The tactics…