BBB Scam Alert: Snapchat users targeted by risky spam messages

Beware of the “something for nothing” offer. Whether by phone, email or text message, scam artists have been using that offer as bait for a long time. Now the social media app called Snapchat–popular with teens and young adults that lets people send pics and videos that vanish after viewing–is being targeted. BBB reports that…

Federal court shuts down massive sweepstakes scam

It’s one of the most common scams we hear about at BBB. You get a letter in the mail telling you you’ve won a sweepstakes. All you have to do is send in a payment. After you do, you never hear back, because there really is no sweepstakes. The scammer does it to a lot…

No, you did not win that $1.25M sweepstakes you never entered

So you got something in the mail saying you won a million dollars in a sweepstakes you never entered. And they included a check for several thousand dollars to cover the upfront fees. It’s your lucky day, right? Not so fast. This is a scam that could cost you and even get you into trouble…

Letter promises to pay unclaimed money, actually wants to steal your identity

Consumers have reported receiving letters from government-sounding agencies, such as the Federal Acquisition Agency or American Entry Exchange. The letters claim that the recipient has a large amount of unclaimed money waiting for him or her, or that the recipient has won a sweepstakes. BBB warns consumers not to respond to these letters, as they…

New scams targeting consumers

BBB has been made aware of two new scams targeting consumers: 1. The first scam involves Facebook. There have been posts going around claiming Southwest Airlines is giving away two FREE tickets if you like and comment on their Facebook page. However, Southwest recently tweeted about the “giveaway” saying this: “… There is a scam…

Two More Cyber-Scams Stalking Consumers’ Inboxes

This morning, we sent a warning to consumers across the country to be on the lookout for five common social media scams rearing their collective ugly heads. Unfortunately, right on cue, we came across two more cyber-scams today that you need to know about. Fake Twitter Notification: Our senior vice president received an email supposedly…

Two Phone Scams Making the Rounds in Texas

Over 84,000 people were victims of phone scams last year according to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Report. Currently, callers are impersonating two trustworthy organizations in an attempt to steal money and personal information from consumers. 1) BBB Lottery Scam – Individuals claiming to represent BBB call claiming you have won a lottery. In…