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…

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…

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,…

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 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…

Contest: Vote for Your Favorite Employee-Made Ornament

  Consumers will be encouraged to vote for their favorite employee-made ornament by commenting on the post with the coordinating ornament number. The winning ticket will win a $100 Visa gift card. Rules: BBB employees cannot participate in the contest, but can share the post on their social media accounts. Contestants can submit one vote….

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Thanksgiving weekend marks the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season; Consumer Reports offers advice to help you get the best deals the day after Thanksgiving and all throughout the holiday season. Use these Black Friday shopping tips to help keep frustration – and overspending – to a minimum. Start early. Black Friday has transformed…

Is Equifax Calling?

Have you spoken to someone claiming to be calling on behalf of Equifax? If you have, chances are you spoke with a scammer looking to steal your personal information.

Weigh the options before co-signing a student loan

Getting a private loan will likely require a co-signer for students with little credit history. Anyone can co-sign if they meet the credit requirements, but guaranteeing someone else’s loan comes with risks.

Beware of “Free Wi-Fi” scams

When traveling this summer, double check before connecting your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces. It may be labeled something non-specific like “Free Public Wi-Fi.”

Protecting your identity on summer vacation

When you’re away on vacation you tend to think about protecting your home, but you should also do the same for your identity. According to the Federal Trade Commission, travelers tend to do things that make them more vulnerable to identify theft