Looking for a home? Beware of deceptive mortgage ads

Are you looking to purchase your dream home? Chances are you’ve seen a couple of mortgage ads promising low rates or payments. But just because an offer seems perfect, it doesn’t mean it can’t have some flaws 

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…

Protecting your identity

There is a proverb that says a person’s good name is worth more than silver or gold. No one knows that better than identity thieves and they are ready to cash in on yours. In 2015, nearly half a million Americans reported that their identities had been stolen, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It’s…

How your health can become a target for scammers

  “All the money in the world can’t buy you back good health” is a quote by Reba McEntire. But if that is true, then con-artists have not gotten the memo. While your health may not seem like something that can be taken advantage of, the truth is, it can. Take for example the Affordable Care…

National Consumer Protection Week: preventing ID theft

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin offers tips for keeping your identity safe Identity theft is one of the most common crimes to strike consumers and is growing in frequency. As part of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), your BBB is shedding light on ways to protect yourself. There were…

BBB celebrates National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. NCPW 2015 will take place March 1 through March 7, 2015. Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust. Thousands of people…

National Consumer Protection Week: How to give wisely all year long

Do you enjoy giving back, but want to be sure your dollar is used responsibly? As part of National Consumer Protection Week, BBB offers some wise giving tips for charitable giving. There are many ways to help those across the world who need the help. From a shocking tsunami to devastating hurricanes, many Americans want…

National Consumer Protection Week: Preventing identity theft

Identity theft is one of the most common crimes to strike consumers–and the crime is growing more frequent. As part of National Consumer Protection Week, your BBB is shedding light on ways to protect yourself. There were more than 28,000 reported cases of identity theft in Texas alone in 2012, according to the Consumer Sentinel Network…

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…

National Consumer Protection Week tip: How to find a trustworthy contractor

As cold weather passes, you may start to evaluate home improvements or repairs before the summer heat sets in. Your Better Business Bureau is here to give some tips for finding a trustworthy contractor as part of National Consumer protection week. BBB receives hundreds of complaints every year concerning subpar work performed by contractors, and…

BBB prepares for National Consumer Protection Week

Debt, fraud and bad business practices, oh my! The modern landscape can be a minefield for consumers. Every year, local, state and national governments pass new consumer protection laws, but scammers and bad businessmen continue to thwart the laws’ best efforts. In an effort to better empower consumers as they head into the marketplace, Better…