New Tech May Be the Key to Relief from Spoofed Robocalls

You’ve more than likely received an incoming call from unknown numbers with your area code and sometimes even the next three digits of your own phone number. This practice of altering the calling number of outbound telephone calls in order to deceive is known as spoofing. Spoofing allows scammers and dishonest robocallers to disguise their…

FTC Warns of New Scam Targeting Car Sellers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers of a new scam involving vehicle history reports. Scammers are targeting people who are selling their vehicles online in an effort to steal their money and personal information. Here’s how the scam works: The seller receives a call or text from someone who claims to be interested…

Gift Cards: Preferred Payment Method of Scammers

Gift cards are a popular and convenient way to give gifts. Unfortunately, they are also scammers’ new favorite way to steal money. But knowing how these scams work can help you avoid them. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new Data Spotlight, gift cards and reload cards are now the number one reported method…

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

For homeowners, fall may be the perfect time of year to take care of projects around the house. Whether your furnace needs upkeep, your roof needs repair or your lawn needs maintaining; BBB is here to help with all your home improvement needs. Some projects you may be able to take care of yourself, while…

How to Spot Price Gouging

  The emergency management coordinator for Travis County initially announced that the boil-water order for Austin, Texas could last two weeks as the city’s water treatment system works to restore normal output. It’s believed at least 888,000 people in the city are affected after floodwaters slowed down the water treatment process and limited the amount…

Give Wisely to Crowdfunding Campaigns After a Disaster

Sadly, another natural disaster has made the headlines. Greg Abbott, Governor of the State of Texas, has issued a state of emergency for 18 counties in response to severe weather and flooding that began on October 7, 2018. Prolonged flooding and widespread property damage have swept Central Texas. BBB and BBB Wise Giving Alliance encourage…

Will You Be Prepared When the Next Natural Disaster Strikes?

Catastrophic weather or other major disasters can impose hardships on your family, pets and property. Hurricane Michael offers a valuable reminder to take a proactive approach and prepare ahead of time for the unexpected. BBB and Consumer Reports compiled a list of smart steps you may need to take to protect yourself in the event…

Most Dangerous Celebrities to Search Online Named for 2018

October recognizes the importance of cybersecurity with National Cyber Security Awareness Month (SCSAM). In short, cybersecurity is protecting your computer-based equipment and information from unintended or unauthorized access, change, theft or destruction. Cybercrime comes in many forms, such as online identity theft, financial fraud, hacking, email spoofing, information forgery and intellectual property crime. It can…

What’s the Risk of a Medical Data Breach?

Despite strict privacy laws, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), intended to safeguard your personal medical information, medical identity theft is on the rise and that could be a prescription for financial disaster. A law passed in 2009 requires health care providers and other entities covered by HIPAA to inform the U.S….