Don’t get taken by a government grant scam

Sooner or later, you may get a call from an “official” saying you’ve been chosen to receive a government grant for thousands of dollars—a grant that you never applied for. It would be great if money just fell out of the sky like that. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. If you get a call…

BBB Scam Alert: ‘one ring’ cellphone scam rings up charges

Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns cellphone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement Consumers in several states report receiving calls on their mobile phones in which an unknown caller hangs up after one ring. When the cell owner returns the call, they are billed $19.95…

Advance fee loan scammers using BBB’s name

Better Business Bureau has received two recent complaints about advance fee loan scammers who are falsely associating themselves with BBB. In both cases, the scammers demanded upfront payments via Green Dot cards, claimed BBB was taking payment for old debt. Both scam companies used names containing the word “Cash” and one pretended to represent real…

Temple area man arrested for construction fraud

An advance-payment construction scammer has been arrested in the Temple area. Temple police arrested Todd Toms, 26, of Academy on theft charges.  Toms allegedly claimed to be employed by Destiny Custom Homes and agreed to build a privacy fence and took $1,700 in advance to pay for materials, but never purchased materials or returned to…

Hard up for cash? Don’t fall for advance fee loan scam

Getting into a financial bind is no fun at all. I once pawned a bunch of my favorite CDs and couldn’t afford to get them out again without missing a car payment. I lost most of my classic rock and had to buy the White Album again. I’m sure if I’d had a call out…