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…

HEB coupon promotion deemed fraudulent

What may have looked like a great deal, is turning out to be nothing more than a fraudulent scheme. A fake HEB coupon promotion appeared on Facebook this week promising customers a free grocery coupon to ‘”EVERYONE” to help celebrate its birthday. All a consumer would have to do is share the page on Facebook…

Paying for a diploma? FTC halts alleged fake online school

There are several benefits of having a high school diploma. From getting a better job, applying for college, and being eligible for the military. But did you know there is such thing as a diploma mill? What some may think is a real program to earning their diploma, can turn out to be just a scam….

Free money from the government? Don’t fall for that scam

How does receiving free money without paying it back sound? If you’re feeling this is too good to be true, then you’re on the right track. Government grant scams trick consumers into believing they’ve qualified for a big sum of cash, without having to pay the money back. The Federal Trade Commission says the “free grants” offer…

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…

Con-Artists Tricking Victims into Helping Them Steal

Imagine making money in the comfort of your home.  Sound too good to be true? Well, it is.  Many times work-at-home jobs are a scam. But con-artists are now using this type of fraud to fool victims into helping them steal money. In this new scheme, scammers are tricking the public into providing their personal information so that…

Corpus Christ PD Cautions About Warrants Scam

The Corpus Christi Police Department is warning residents of a scam where callers are pretending to be officers. According to police, a resident received a call over the weekend from a 361 area code number.  The caller identified themselves as Lieutenant Wade Harris and said a warrant was out for the arrest of the resident.  The caller then…

Two Firms Charged With Illegally Selling Financial Information To Scammers

The FTC has charged two data broker companies for illegally selling payday applicant’s financial information to scammers, resulting in more than $7 million dollars lost by consumers. According to court documents, Sequoia One LLC, Gen X Marketing Group LLC, and three of the company’s managers bought payday loan applications and sold them to non-lender third parties, like Ideal Financial…

IRS Warning Public of New Scams

It seems like every year scammers are coming up with new tricks to try and steal the public’s hard earned cash. With technology constantly changing, the ability to deceive the masses has become an easier task to pull off.  According to the IRS, since 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration became aware of…

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…