Staying safe on social media sites: BBB offers advice

Social media is a great way to be entertained and stay in touch with friends and family. Unfortunately, social media sites can get you in trouble if you let your guard down. Clicking on the wrong links could infect your computer or phone with malware or even lead to ID theft. Your BBB has the…

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…

BBB offers advice on what to do after a data breach compromises your identity

Anthem Insurance is latest corporation to be hacked Tens of millions of Americans could be victims of the latest corporate data breach at Anthem Insurance. Unknown hackers apparently stole personal identifying information (PII) from current and former Anthem customers, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of births and other information that can be used…

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…

Protect yourself online this Data Privacy Day

BBB gives advice on protecting your identity and personal data Wednesday, Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day, an annual event created seven years ago by the National Cyber Security Alliance to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. In 2013, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received nearly 270,000 complaints related to online…

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…

Don’t fall prey to phishing scam targeting Charles Schwab investors

Several employees at Your BBB have received phishing scam emails designed to trick investors with Charles Schwab accounts into giving up their login information. This is similar to more widespread phishing emails that pretend to be from banks. If you click the link and follow the scammers’ instructions, you will be giving up the key…

BBB offers tips for securing your mobile device

For years, we’ve had to deal with viruses and other malware on our laptops and desktop computers. Hopefully you’ve got good anti-virus software and are keeping it up to date. But consumers are doing more and more of their web surfing on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets and as you might expect, cybercriminals are…

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…

‘Free pizza from Pizza Hut’ email carries virus

Do you like pizza? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? How about a ghost pizza with a side of malware to mess up your computer and put your ID at risk? Not quite as appetizing, but that’s what you’ll get if you fall for the Pizza Hut email scam. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is…