Internet Explorer users vulnerable to attack

A vulnerability in Microsoft’s popular Internet Explorer web browser can allow a “remote, unauthorized attack” on users’ computers, the company announced over the weekend via a Service Advisory. Although it is working to fix the problem, the company suggests “workarounds.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security,…

BBB Shred Day set for this weekend in Corpus Christi and Waco

Free document shredding and electronics recycling on April 26 Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin invites consumers and businesses to participate Shred Day events on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon in both Waco and Corpus Christi. Waco: Time: 9:00 am – 12 pm Location: KIII-TV Parking…

Check out that (bogus) check–or better yet, just throw it away

A check in the mail isn’t always good news. If you weren’t expecting it and don’t know the people who sent it, it’s probably a fake–and it could get you into a lot of trouble. Your BBB just got a call from a consumer in Corpus Christi whose son got a very official-looking check for $2,700,…

Cramming operation shut down, ordered to pay back $38 million

No one likes spending money on things they never agreed to pay for, or “agreed” through some type of trickery. One of the most frustrating scams out there right now is called “cramming,” where a telemarketer calls businesses and other consumers to “verify information,” takes whatever answer the person gives as a “yes” and adds…

Respect the earth–and your wallet: Five tips for hiring the right landscaper

It’s Earth Day, time to think about all things green and how you can help create a more earth-friendly environment. If you’re a homeowner, you can promote Earth Day by making your landscape fit the local environment, which will help reduce the amount of fertilizer, pesticides and water it takes to maintain your yard. If you lack a green thumb, you…

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 that sounds too good to be true, probably is–especially when you find it in an unsolicited fax. Unsolicited…

Warning to businesses: ID thieves have you in their crosshairs

Identity theft is a serious threat to businesses, not just consumers With the recent news stories about retailers having their records compromised by hackers, Americans are focused on the dangers of identity theft. According to a 2012 survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 14 percent of people age 16 or older, or 34.2 million…

BBB offers simple steps for keeping your identity safe

Community invited to Shred Day events in Waco and Corpus Christi, April 26 Identity theft is a major problem in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 2013 Consumer Sentinel Network report showed that there were 290,056 complaints filed relating to identity theft. The number of victims reported in Texas totaled 23,266. Fraudsters looking to…

Don’t become a victim of the ‘grandparent scam’

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports receiving a continued stream of complaints about alarming phone calls from scammers who claim a relative is in an emergency and needs money fast. Sometimes the scammer pretends to be the relative in danger. It’s a scam that often preys on seniors and it’s sometimes referred to as the “grandparent…

Heartbleed: what you should know to protect yourself

You might be tired of hearing about online security threats, but there is one you really should pay attention to: Heartbleed. It’s not a virus or a case of hacking, but a two-year-old coding mistake that was just discovered. A friend of mine compares it to banks discovering their vaults were unlocked for two years. You don’t…