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”…

Don’t get taken by a government grant scam

Sooner or later, you may get a call from an “official” saying you’ve been chosen to receive a government grant for thousands of dollars—a grant that you never applied for. It would be great if money just fell out of the sky like that. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. If you get a call…

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…

BBB warns of scams targeting service members

Military Saves Week is an opportunity to focus on the financial readiness of Service Members and their families to help them reduce debt and save money for the future.  But scammers are also interested in Service Members too. Better Business Bureau (BBB) and MilitarySaves.org wants to remind you to watch out for common scams that…

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…

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…

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…