IRS Warning Public of New Scams

It seems like every year scammers are coming up with new tricks to try and steal the public’s hard earned cash. With technology constantly changing, the ability to deceive the masses has become an easier task to pull off.  According to the IRS, since 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration became aware of…

BBB warns of loan scams during Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week”

Are you strapped for cash? Maybe you just need a little extra cash until payday, or you are an entrepreneur looking for a last-minute loan. Don’t go swimming in shark-infested waters. In honor of “Shark Week,” Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin advises you to watch out for hungry…

Resolve not to get ripped off in 2014

There are over 30 million businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Lots of chances to find bargains–or get ripped off. Each year, Better Business Bureau offers thousands of tips to help consumers to find businesses they can trust and avoid getting scammed. Now that the New Year is under way, resolve to use BBB to help find…

Review Sewer Line Coverage Mailers Carefully

Over the past few weeks, we have received quite a few phone calls from consumers looking for more information about mail solicitations regarding sewer line coverage for their home. The letters are coming from multiple companies reminding them that the area from their home to their property line is their responsibility should the line clog…

Ignore Unsolicited Faxes Promising Pre-Approved Loans

We’re used to seeing spam email in our inboxes or getting the occasional solicitation on our phone, but how many of you have received an unsolicited fax at work? Just today, we received one in our office claiming we were pre-approved for a $75,000 equipment loan. The fax was from an account manager named Dave…

Two More Cyber-Scams Stalking Consumers’ Inboxes

This morning, we sent a warning to consumers across the country to be on the lookout for five common social media scams rearing their collective ugly heads. Unfortunately, right on cue, we came across two more cyber-scams today that you need to know about. Fake Twitter Notification: Our senior vice president received an email supposedly…

Want to Save Money? Ditch the Bottled Water

In the time of belt-tightening and budget uncertainty, one easy cut is your bottled water habit. Industry figures show a 3.5 percent increase in bottled water sales in 2010, according to Consumer Reports, for a total cost of $6.4 billion per year. This is despite a down economy, a bigger push toward reusable bottles and…