National Small Business Week: Common scams you should be aware of

It’s the scams that come up time and time again against businesses. However unlikely you feel to be tricked by them, it’s a good tip to know that these scams are out there and can make you think twice. With National Small Business Week already rolling, here’s a list of some scams small businesses should…

What is a scam & how do I spot one?

What is a scam? We’ve all heard someone say they have been scammed or believed someone was trying to scam them. But what does that mean? A scam is defined as a dishonest scheme or fraud. Essentially, someone trying to rip you off by lying to you. So, how do you spot one? It’s easy to…

BBB warns of scams that target senior citizens

We all love Grandma, don’t we? She’s always been there for us. Unfortunately, scammers love Grandma too, but for the wrong reasons. Scam artists often target seniors because they’re more likely to be home – possibly even alone – and may have some money saved up. Last year, there were nearly 215,000 complaints of fraud and identity theft from…

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”…

Protect yourself against military scams this Memorial Day

Cook-outs, barbecue, swimming in the lake and spending time with family and friends are just a few of the activities that come to mind when we think about Memorial Day. Although it’s nice to have the day off, we must not forget Memorial Day is a holiday to honor Americans who died while serving in…

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…

College students and kids at risk of identity theft

Information sharing has become second nature for many of us, especially young people. With today’s smartphones, the Internet is everywhere. That has its pluses and minuses.  That sharing mentality can put young adults in the crosshairs of identity thieves. Identity thieves like to target college-age adults because they often have good, clean credit scores. Young adults also have to…