BBB’s Naughty List: 5 holiday scams and how to avoid them

The holiday season certainly makes most of us feel merry and bright, but it can also bring out scammers looking to take advantage of you. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants people to beware of the following five scams and frauds this holiday season. Fake websites promising…

Don’t get taken by the 12 scammer swindles

Only 12 days until Christmas and although the holidays may bring out the best in people, it can also alert scammers to take advantage of your generosity. Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants people to sing-along and beware of the following holiday scams and frauds. On the twelfth…

BBB’s Tax-Free Weekend Shopping Guide

The annual Sales Tax Holiday, or Tax-Free Weekend, starts this Friday and ends on Sunday. It’s also a perfect opportunity to get in some back-to-school shopping. You can expect to save about $8 for every $100 you spend on most clothing items, footwear and school supplies. To help prevent overspending or purchasing unnecessary items, BBB…

Five Tips for Smooth Gift Returns and Exchanges

Inevitably, you or someone in your family will need to return or exchange a gift you receive this weekend. This year, many retailers are adopting stricter return policies in order to crack down on return fraud. While most stores will require a receipt, others may require you to show identification when returning items. Other retailers…

“Dear Santa” sites: Is your child’s privacy protected?

Has your child expressed interest in sending a letter to Santa? If so, then maybe you’ve heard of the “Dear Santa” sites that allow children to send a letter to Santa or, in some cases, persuade Santa they were good this year. While these websites can be fun, bbb advises parents to check the sites…

Make Sure Your Holiday Gift Card is Legit

With the holiday season in full swing, many shoppers are looking for the best gift options for family and friends. For those looking to give gift cards, BBB advises you to properly research all options. Consumers have complained to BBB that they have received expired or stolen gift cards or gift cards that were unusable…

Plan Ahead to Maximize Holiday Travel Safety

With less than three weeks until Christmas, many consumers are finalizing their holiday plans. While presents and food are important items, BBB recommends putting some extra thought into your travel arrangements, especially if you plan to take a road trip. December is already bringing low temperatures and rain to Texas, which creates potentially hazardous situations…

Shop Safely on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Starting late Thursday night, millions of consumers will descend on local stores and cyberspace hoping to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. According to a survey from BIGresearch, the average person will spend more than $500 on holiday gifts this year. To minimize the effect on your wallet this holiday season, BBB…