BBB warns of scams that target senior citizens

We all love Grandma, don’t we? She’s always been there for us. Unfortunately, scammers love Grandma too, but for the wrong reasons. Scam artists often target seniors because they’re more likely to be home – possibly even alone – and may have some money saved up. Last year, there were nearly 215,000 complaints of fraud and identity theft from…

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…

Talk about the grandparent scam before it happens

Sunday, Sept. 7  is National Grandparents Day–a good time for a family discussion about scams that target older people. One of the most popular (and meanest) schemes is known as the “grandparent scam.” It’s a variation on the “emergency” scam or the “my awful trip” scam. The grandparent scam is designed to fool seniors into thinking that…

Don’t get bamboozled by a Facebook friend impostor!

If you’re like me, you can’t always remember who is in your Facebook friend’s list. Now and again I’ll get a friend request from someone I could’ve sworn was already in my list. Usually it’s someone who took a break from Facebook, then came back and started reconnecting. But be careful. That unexpected friend request…

Don’t become a victim of the ‘grandparent scam’

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports receiving a continued stream of complaints about alarming phone calls from scammers who claim a relative is in an emergency and needs money fast. Sometimes the scammer pretends to be the relative in danger. It’s a scam that often preys on seniors and it’s sometimes referred to as the “grandparent…

Scammers taking advantage of Philippines tragedy

It didn’t take long. Already crooks are taking advantage of the devastation brought by typhoon Haiyan with a variation on the “My Awful Trip” email scam. The scammers pretend to be someone you know who was stranded in the Philippines during the typhoon. Check with the person directly and do not send money! BBB has…

Don’t let Grandma get burned by the ‘grandparent scam’

When I was a kid I could always count on my grandparents when I needed help. If it weren’t for them, I never would have made it through college and I’d probably still be stuck on the side of the road somewhere. The thought of other sweet grannies and grandpas like mine being ripped off…

Beware of the “My awful trip!” scam

New twist on the grandparent scam tries to convince you your friend is in trouble A BBB employee received the following email this week, with the subject line “My awful trip!!!”: I’m writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down here to Rosa, Laguna – Philippine for a short vacation unfortunately i was…