Dealing with Phony Debt Collection Calls

Recently, several consumers have notified BBB about phone calls from individuals pretending to be debt collectors and threatening legal action or arrest. The consumers are told they must pay an outstanding debt over the phone immediately. In some cases, the callers have either social security numbers, bank information or the consumer’s address. BBB wants you…

Don’t fall for healthcare scam

FTC issues warning about scammers using Obamacare ruling to get victim’s personal information Anytime there’s a big news story grabbing the country’s attention, there are scammers out there thinking up ways to profit from it. The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning today about scam phone calls using the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the…

BBB Rewind 6-18-12

Each week, we take a couple of minutes to update you on the topics we covered the previous week. If you missed our financial aid scams or energy savings articles, watch our latest video blog and consider yourself caught up.  

Top BBB Services You Should be Using

Better Business Bureau is more than just a place to file complaints. For 100 years, BBB has helped consumers like you make smarter buying decisions, and is evolving to meet fast changing marketplace needs. Part of that commitment is offering several services to you at no cost 24 hours a day. The next time you…

Seven steps for hiring trustworthy contractors

The official start of spring is March 20th, but already, many consumers are planning home improvement projects as part of their spring cleaning. Some tasks may be simple, but others may require a professional touch. For those more complicated jobs, finding a trustworthy contractor is a must and BBB wants to help you avoid those…

Spam text messages for $1,000 Walmart gift cards sent to consumers

BBB has received numerous calls today from Permian Basin consumers regarding a text message promising a $1,000 gift card from Walmart. Supposedly these consumers won a contest and were instructed to visit a website to redeem their card. Unfortunately this is one of those “too good to be true” moments and is a scam. Walmart’s…

TSSB action highlights investment risks

This week, the Texas State Securities Board issued disciplinary orders against two Corpus Christi investment advisors. Jimmy Wayne Freeman Jr. and Kris Bradford Rhoden were accused of selling securities that they were not licensed to sell. Those securities were back by National Life Settlements LLC, a company that had been shut down and forced into…

Five tips for finding a trustworthy tax preparer

The deadline for filing your 2011 tax return is still two months away (April 17), but companies offering tax preparation services have already begun advertising heavily. Completing your tax return early will bring Uncle Sam’s refund check to your bank account sooner, but if you choose the wrong tax professional you could end up paying…

AT&T users, beware of phishing attempt

We received an email from a concerned business owner regarding the status of his AT&T account. The following email was sent to him: SBC has discovered series of illegal attempts on your Account from a bad IP Location and will shut your account as it has been flagged as a spam account. You are to…

Know the difference between a credit report and credit score

January is a great time to ensure your credit is in good standing. With so much advertising revolving around free credit reports and credit scores, many people get confused on the difference between the two. To help separate these two reports, BBB reminds you that: Credit reports are free, credit scores are not. You can…