Scammers impersonate Publishers Clearing House, BBB

Scammers can be persistent, so it’s a good idea to be on your guard. A Waco-area woman recently received two calls from scammers who lied about who they were in an attempt to get her money. Luckily, she figured it out, didn’t get scammed and reported it to Your BBB. First, they tried it the “nice”…

BBB: Protect your personal information from identity thieves

Identity theft is serious problem. If they get your sensitive information, criminals could drain your bank account, change your contact information on various accounts, use your credit card, set up new credit cards or bank accounts in your name and more. You should do what you can to prevent this from happening, because ID theft…

Be careful with people who call offering ‘mortgage relief’

Having trouble with your mortgage? Be careful. Sometimes the people offering help are only trying to help themselves to what money you have left. At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a federal court has temporarily halted Los Angeles-based Wealth Educators, Inc. and its president from offering mortgage relief services. The company allegedly took…

Defendants in Spanish-language scheme banned from telemarketing, selling weight-loss products

In a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, defendants in a Spanish-language marketing scheme are banned from telemarketing and selling weight-loss products. The defendants allegedly charged Spanish-speaking consumers for unordered and defective products and made it costly or nearly impossible to get refunds. According to a the FTC, The Hispanic Global Way defendants sold products via…

Top three scams targeting businesses

Education is key when it comes to protecting yourself and your business from fraudsters. To avoid falling victim to three of the most common business scams, everyone in your office needs to be alert and aware. Labor law poster scam: An important-looking letter addressed to your company informs you that you need to order new…

Fishing for romance this Valentine’s Day? Don’t catch a catfish!

BBB warns online users to beware of scams that could break hearts and wallets  The Internet can be a good way to find romance–millions of Americans use online dating sites, social media and chat rooms to meet people. Unfortunately, those sites also give criminals an easy way to search for potential victims. Your BBB warns that…

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…