Category Archives: Scam Alert

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.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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