Beware of scam calls claiming to offer money from surgical mesh settlement

  A scam is circulcating that targets women who have had a surgical mesh procedure. The scammers call potential victims and claim they are set to receive money from a class action lawsuit settlement–but instead they try to get money or personal information. Sherri Lawhon of Corpus Christi was almost a victim of this scam. Fortunately, she…

BBB warns: Don’t fall for the jury duty scam!

Jury duty is an important responsibility. You don’t want to miss it if you get called. I think we all have a nagging fear of missing an important piece of mail, of forgetting something official that could come back to bite us.  Unfortunately, scammers have learned to take advantage of that fear to rip consumers…

Talk about the grandparent scam before it happens

Sunday, Sept. 7  is National Grandparents Day–a good time for a family discussion about scams that target older people. One of the most popular (and meanest) schemes is known as the “grandparent scam.” It’s a variation on the “emergency” scam or the “my awful trip” scam. The grandparent scam is designed to fool seniors into thinking that…

BBB warns students: beware of college aid scams!

Going to college is expensive, so any potential influx of cash is going to get a student’s attention. Unfortunately, some offers targeting college students are bogus. Your BBB warns college students to make sure scholarships and financial aid offers are the real deal. According to FinAid, a resource for students looking for ways to finance their education,…

Tech support scammers hit with $51 million judgment

Ever get a call from out of the blue, offering to fix your computer remotely? Hang up! No matter who they say they work for (I had a call a few years ago from someone claiming to be a “Windows” employee) it’s a scam. If you let these scammers have remote access to your computer, they could…