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…

FTC shuts down mortgage relief scam

It’s hard enough to get behind on your mortgage, without having a scam artist get you into even more trouble. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently shut down an operation it says perpetrated a wide-ranging mortgage relief scam. At the FTC’s request, a federal court issued orders against 22 defendants who offered cash-strapped consumers home loan modification…

Don’t send Santa letters to a grinch by mistake!

BBB offers advice to avoid scam holiday websites The holiday season is here and unfortunately so are scammers. Just like the Grinch they are looking to steal your holiday joy. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning of fraudulent websites offering a “Letter from Santa.” Some of…

Seeking fast cash for the holidays could cost you a bundle

BBB warns consumers to be wary when applying for payday or car title loans Your cash reserves are running low. Holiday presents need to be bought and you don’t get paid until next week. What can you do to get some extra last minute cash? Many cash-strapped consumers may find themselves in need of a…

Check cashing scam goes digital: Here comes the banking app version

The check cashing scam comes in many flavors: fake lottery, fake work-at-home, fake inheritance, Nigerian Prince, etc. Consumers have told Your BBB about all those and more, but they’re really all the same. In all cases, someone wants you to deposit a check in your account, send money to them or someone else and “take…