BBB lists top 10 scams of 2014

Better Business Bureau hears from thousands of consumers and business owners every year about a variety of scams and frauds. Many are new twists on existing scams, but scammers get more sophisticated every year in how they spoof trusted names and fool consumers. Here are the most pervasive scams of 2014, based on our experience with…

Think you’re too smart to get conned? Think again!

There are certain scams you hear about and instinctively think of the victim, “What were they thinking? How could they fall for that?” On the flipside, scam victims are often so embarrassed they hate to even tell anyone what happened. If you think you’re too smart to get scammed, or feel dumb because you did get…

Don’t be a victim of tax identity theft this tax season!

Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges consumers to be smart during tax identity theft awareness week It’s that time of year again. Over the next few weeks, W-2 forms will show up at your work desk or in your mail. And while the thought of a hefty tax return could be a happy one, the consequences…

Work-at-home scam targets college students

When you’re in college, money is always an issue, so an offer to make a little cash might be tempting, but Your BBB warns not to get caught up in something that could land you in big trouble. There is a new twist on a classic  work-from-home scheme that specifically targets college students. Don’t let the promise of easy…

Don’t fall prey to a puppy scam!

Who doesn’t love puppies? They’re so cute and lovable. Just the word puppy inspires an emotional reaction in a lot of people–and if there’s one thing  scammers are good at, it’s playing on people’s emotions. Your BBB recently heard from a Corpus Christi woman who got scammed out of $200 while trying to buy a Yorkie…

Child Predator scam tries to trick you into downloading a virus

Parents love their kids and want to protect them from danger. Unfortunately, some cyber-criminals are taking advantage of parents’ fears with an email designed to scare them into downloading malware. The email is disguised as a “community safety” alert warning for parents about a child predator in the area, but it’s really a scam. Your BBB warns you to…

Don’t fall prey to phishing scam targeting Charles Schwab investors

Several employees at Your BBB have received phishing scam emails designed to trick investors with Charles Schwab accounts into giving up their login information. This is similar to more widespread phishing emails that pretend to be from banks. If you click the link and follow the scammers’ instructions, you will be giving up the key…

Don’t send Santa letters to a grinch by mistake!

BBB offers advice to avoid scam holiday websites The holiday season is here and unfortunately so are scammers. Just like the Grinch they are looking to steal your holiday joy. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning of fraudulent websites offering a “Letter from Santa.” Some of…