How writing a review could end up hurting your wallet

Better Business Bureau takes a look at how non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts can hurt customers Most consumers don’t read the fine print on everything they sign. We all know that we should carefully read the terms and conditions of every agreement and every line of every contract, but we don’t. It’s easier to jot…

Five suspects arrested for involvement in IRS scam

TIGTA announced the arrest of five suspects for their involvement in an IRS scam that has collected an estimated $2 million from more than 1,500 victims. Federal officials are accusing the five of making multiple calls while impersonating IRS agents or Treasury officials, telling victims they owed tax debts, and threatening arrests if payments weren’t sent immediately. Victims were told to…

IRS impostors tricking students into paying for fake tax

Have you heard of the “federal student tax”? Neither have we. But don’t worry because if you have, this may mean a scammer has tried to trick you into paying for a tax that doesn’t exist. According to the Federal Trade Commission, impostors posing as IRS agents are telling students from various colleges they owe…

Tech support scam pops up in the Permian Basin

BBB and the Midland Police Department are warning residents of a tech support scam that tricks you into allowing  remote access of your computer. Here’s what’s happening. Residents are receiving phone calls from an alleged Dell technician with a foreign accent who claims there is a problem with their computer. The scammer then requests remote…

FTC stop five companies from labeling products as “all natural”

When consumers read “all natural” they are lead to believe the product contains nothing synthetic. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, five companies did just that in labeling their products as “100% natural” when it was anything but. The FTC alleges ShiKai, Rocky Mountain Suncreen, EDEN BodyWorks, Beyond Coastal, and California Naturel Inc misrepresented their…

FTC warns against new twist of tech-support scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning the public on a new twist to the tech-support scam that tries to gain access to your computer by alleging to fix a computer virus. In this new version, the FTC claims consumers are receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the Global Privacy Enforcement Network. The person on…

Scammer fails to trick local YMCA with CEO scam

A staffer at YMCA of Austin recently got an email that appeared to be from the CEO and  asked for all employees’ W-2s. Luckily the staffer was able to realize the email was just a scam. The CEO scam has succeeded in bilking businesses and nonprofits out of more than $1.2 billion dollars since October…

Bank tellers increasingly involved in identity theft

We trust them with our most sensitive information, but law enforcement in New York says more and more of them are involved with identity theft. According to a Good Morning America news article, bank tellers are becoming increasingly involved in identity theft. Cyrus Vance, New York County District Attorney, told GMA that these criminal bank tellers…