Scam alert: Fake FTC email pops up again

Just when you thought you’d never see a scam again, it pops right back up. That’s what the Federal Trade Commission is saying about a scam they first talked about in 2015. The scam works like this.

ADT: Free security system promotion is not them

Has someone recently come to your home and tried to sign you up for a free security system? You may not be alone. BBB has recently heard of reports in San Antonio and Austin about door-to-door salespeople and robocalls that have offered a free security system if the consumer signs up for security monitoring with ADT. However, ADT…

IRS impostors tricking students into paying for fake tax

Have you heard of the “federal student tax”? Neither have we. But don’t worry because if you have, this may mean a scammer has tried to trick you into paying for a tax that doesn’t exist. According to the Federal Trade Commission, impostors posing as IRS agents are telling students from various colleges they owe…

Tech support scam pops up in the Permian Basin

BBB and the Midland Police Department are warning residents of a tech support scam that tricks you into allowing  remote access of your computer. Here’s what’s happening. Residents are receiving phone calls from an alleged Dell technician with a foreign accent who claims there is a problem with their computer. The scammer then requests remote…

Scammer fails to trick local YMCA with CEO scam

A staffer at YMCA of Austin recently got an email that appeared to be from the CEO and  asked for all employees’ W-2s. Luckily the staffer was able to realize the email was just a scam. The CEO scam has succeeded in bilking businesses and nonprofits out of more than $1.2 billion dollars since October…

Secret Sister Gift Exchange: It’s illegal

With Christmas only a month away, many people are getting into the holiday spirit – including those on social media. Many online users are posting about a Secret Sister Gift Exchange. The idea is to mail a gift worth $10 dollars to a stranger at the top of the Secret Sister Gift list. You then…

College students being targeted in phone scam

The FBI is warning college students around the country to be on the lookout for a phone scam. The federal law enforcement agency said they have received multiple calls from various college campuses claiming a caller has identified themselves as someone from the federal government or a FBI agent. Student’s caller ID also showed the FBI’s…

Free money from the government? Don’t fall for that scam

How does receiving free money without paying it back sound? If you’re feeling this is too good to be true, then you’re on the right track. Government grant scams trick consumers into believing they’ve qualified for a big sum of cash, without having to pay the money back. The Federal Trade Commission says the “free grants” offer…

Secret shopping scam offers more risk than reward

Being paid to secret shop at some of your favorite stores may seem like the perfect job, but that may not always be the case. Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin warns consumers that a secret shopping opportunity may seem real at first glance, but could potentially do more…

Avoiding the Nanny Scam

Are you a babysitter, nanny, or another type of caregiver? If so, you’ve more than likely used different websites like craigslist.com or care.com to find potential clients. Although these websites are great resources, they also provide an avenue for scammers to trick you into depositing a fake check. Here’s how the scam works. According to…

Protecting Yourself From LinkedIn Scams

LinkedIn has become a powerful tool for job seekers looking to gain an edge on the competition. Connecting with a hiring manager or top executive could be the ticket to finding a new job. But scammers are using the social media site in a different way. Con-artists are connecting with professionals in order to gain personal…

Con-Artists Tricking Victims into Helping Them Steal

Imagine making money in the comfort of your home.  Sound too good to be true? Well, it is.  Many times work-at-home jobs are a scam. But con-artists are now using this type of fraud to fool victims into helping them steal money. In this new scheme, scammers are tricking the public into providing their personal information so that…