What is a scam & how do I spot one?

What is a scam? We’ve all heard someone say they have been scammed or believed someone was trying to scam them. But what does that mean? A scam is defined as a dishonest scheme or fraud. Essentially, someone trying to rip you off by lying to you. So, how do you spot one? It’s easy to…

BBB Warning: Avoid Powerball Scams

With Powerball now breaking records for the largest lottery jackpot in history, Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that scammers will be taking advantage of the situation to trick people into thinking they are winners. The big Powerball winners will be announced on television and online, but BBB expects to see scammers reaching out via…

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…

National Consumer Protection Week Daily Tip: Common Scams

Scammers are pretty doggone persistent. They come at you through emails, phone calls and even text messages. You have to keep your guard up as a consumer, because scam artists will do whatever they can to separate you from your money. As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Your Better Business Bureau would like to…

Two Florida residents arrested in alleged foreign lottery scam

BBB has been warning consumers about the dangers of lottery scams. You didn’t and can’t win an international lottery, no matter what the letter in the mail says. You’ll just end up sending hard-earned money to scammers for non-existent taxes or fees. You could also get I hate seeing people fall for these, especially the…

Jamaican lottery scammer arrested in federal crackdown

I hate fraud schemes in general, but I especially hate the ones that target the elderly. One such scammer may be about to get his comeuppance. Watchyoubuck has warned about pay-up-front prize scams in the past. You get a letter or call saying you’ve won a substantial prize. All you have to do is wire money…