Beware of a new con called “shimming”

Scammers have typically harvested your payment information with skimmers – a device inserted into ATMs and other payment terminals where you swipe your credit or debit card. The downfall for thieves is EMV cards, the chip located on your debit or credit card, reduce the severity of card skimming due to the manner in which…

What is whaling scam?

Most people have heard or know what a phishing scam is; the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. But have you heard of a whaling scam? A whaling scam is a targeted attempt to steal sensitive…

New Homeowner’s Checklist: 7 Things to Do for Your New Home

There’s so much to do when you buy a new home. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned homeowner moving into your dream home, settling into a new place can be a stressful experience. Unpacking your things is an important part of moving in, but there are a few crucial steps you’ll not…

Avoiding digital wallet scams

More and more consumers are using digital wallet apps like Venmo, Cash and Zelle to transfer money quickly and easily. But while the convenience factor is what draws many people to use the apps, scammers see it as an opportunity to seize your banking and credit information. Scammers have been targeting digital wallets and executing…

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…