Don’t let thieves and scammers crack your bank vault

Your personal financial information, including things like bank account numbers, debit card numbers and PIN numbers, can be some of the most important pieces of information that you need to keep private. Unfortunately, thanks to technology, there are more ways than ever for thieves and scammers to get their hands on this information. Here are…

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…

Scammers impersonate Publishers Clearing House, BBB

Scammers can be persistent, so it’s a good idea to be on your guard. A Waco-area woman recently received two calls from scammers who lied about who they were in an attempt to get her money. Luckily, she figured it out, didn’t get scammed and reported it to Your BBB. First, they tried it the “nice”…

Don’t get tricked by a fake hotel booking website!

Taking a vacation this summer? Be extra careful when booking accommodations online. Fake websites appear to offer travelers a convenient way to reserve hotel rooms, but they are just making money for scammers. How the Scam Works: You are planning a trip and need to book a hotel room. You see an online ad promoting…

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…

Don’t get scammed by an IRS impostor!

As the tax deadline approaches, scammers are working hard to steal money from unsuspecting victims Most of us know it’s not a good idea to get on the Internal Revenue Service’s bad side, so a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent would have to be rather scary. Unfortunately, scammers will take advantage…

Don’t let scammers make an ‘April fool’ out of you

Ever had the wool pulled over your eyes or taken a wooden nickel? It can happen to the best of us, but with a little knowledge and a bit more caution, you can avoid becoming a scam artist’s next “April fool.” The scammer might try to get you with a phishing email asking you to click…

BBB warns: Don’t get taken by a government grant scam

Your BBB gets a lot of calls from people who had suspicious calls from scammers saying they qualify for a government grant. In reality, you have to apply for government grants. They will never come to you from out of the blue. If you’re not familiar with how government grants work, the prospect of “free money” from…

BBB warns: Don’t be fooled by a puppy scam

Do you love puppies? Stupid question. Of course you love puppies. Who doesn’t? They’re so cute! But don’t let that cuteness blind you to online scammers’ tricks. Your BBB urges you to be careful when responding to classified ads for pets. Scammers often post ads offering free or inexpensive puppies. Communicating only through emails, the scammers…