IRS impostors tricking students into paying for fake tax

Have you heard of the “federal student tax”? Neither have we. But don’t worry because if you have, this may mean a scammer has tried to trick you into paying for a tax that doesn’t exist. According to the Federal Trade Commission, impostors posing as IRS agents are telling students from various colleges they owe…

Scammer fails to trick local YMCA with CEO scam

A staffer at YMCA of Austin recently got an email that appeared to be from the CEO and  asked for all employees’ W-2s. Luckily the staffer was able to realize the email was just a scam. The CEO scam has succeeded in bilking businesses and nonprofits out of more than $1.2 billion dollars since October…

Secret shopping scam offers more risk than reward

Being paid to secret shop at some of your favorite stores may seem like the perfect job, but that may not always be the case. Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin warns consumers that a secret shopping opportunity may seem real at first glance, but could potentially do more…

FTC halts debt collection scam

An illegal debt collection scam that collected more than five million dollars from victims has been stopped by the Federal Trade Commission. According to the FTC, the scammers tricked victims into believing they owed payday loans. Callers would harass consumers into paying the fake loans by posing as law enforcement or government agencies. The settlement…

BBB Warning: Phishing Scam Using BBB Name

This afternoon, unknown scammers began sending a wave of bogus emails to business owners and consumers. These emails were disguised to look like Better Business Bureau correspondence and asked people to open an attached Standard Business Questionnaire (SBQ), a form that BBBs use to gather information from businesses to create or update Business Reviews. This attachment,…

Avoiding the Nanny Scam

Are you a babysitter, nanny, or another type of caregiver? If so, you’ve more than likely used different websites like craigslist.com or care.com to find potential clients. Although these websites are great resources, they also provide an avenue for scammers to trick you into depositing a fake check. Here’s how the scam works. According to…

Protecting Yourself From LinkedIn Scams

LinkedIn has become a powerful tool for job seekers looking to gain an edge on the competition. Connecting with a hiring manager or top executive could be the ticket to finding a new job. But scammers are using the social media site in a different way. Con-artists are connecting with professionals in order to gain personal…

Wire fraud scam targets real estate buyers in Texas

BBB and the Texas Association of REALTORS® warns consumers of online real estate scams It all started with one click. A few emails later, $50,000 was gone and a Texas realty company became the latest victim of a widespread wire fraud scam. The Story Earlier this year, a Texas realty company found out that one…

BBB warns against Jasmine Travel scam

BBB Serving the Brazos Valley & Deep East Texas is warning the public against an airline ticket scam that has been targeting international students wishing to travel to India. On Monday, Oct. 6, Texas A&M University Police Detectives informed BBB that 17 international students had attempted to purchase airline tickets from Jasmine Travel, which they found on…

Beware of ‘free groceries’ robocall

Your BBB has received a report from a consumer who got an automated call saying seniors over age 65 qualify for $600 in groceries. There are numerous reports on the Internet about these calls, which appear to be a twist on the medical alert scam. Callers are asked to press numbers and are asked for…