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…

Work-at-home scam targets college students

When you’re in college, money is always an issue, so an offer to make a little cash might be tempting, but Your BBB warns not to get caught up in something that could land you in big trouble. There is a new twist on a classic  work-from-home scheme that specifically targets college students. Don’t let the promise of easy…

Check out that (bogus) check–or better yet, just throw it away

A check in the mail isn’t always good news. If you weren’t expecting it and don’t know the people who sent it, it’s probably a fake–and it could get you into a lot of trouble. Your BBB just got a call from a consumer in Corpus Christi whose son got a very official-looking check for $2,700,…

National Consumer Protection Week Daily Tip: Common Scams

Scammers are pretty doggone persistent. They come at you through emails, phone calls and even text messages. You have to keep your guard up as a consumer, because scam artists will do whatever they can to separate you from your money. As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Your Better Business Bureau would like to…

FTC shuts down mystery shopper scam, bans defendants from selling work-at-home opportunities

Work-at-home opportunities are tempting, but unfortunately, the industry can be a risky one for consumers. BBB has warned about the work-at-home industry in the past. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently obtained settlements from several businesses and individuals, shutting down a business opportunity scam that tricked consumers into making recurring monthly payments for “mystery shopper”…

Work-at-home still a scary proposition — even if it’s ‘temporary’

BBB has warned before about the dangers of taking on work-at-home opportunities–there are so many opportunities to get ripped off. But con artists are pretty crafty. That’s their business. What if they convinced you it wasn’t really a work-at-home job? A consumer from Mexia, Texas recently got taken by that ruse. She says she never…

Job hunters: Don’t become an unwitting partner in crime

BBB recently got a report of a work-at-home scam that impersonated an accredited business in the Austin area. The business got constant phone calls from people asking, “Am I working for you?” They weren’t. Luckily for the business, the scammers seem to have moved on. The phone calls quit coming. A bunch of people who…

Online money-wiring scheme impersonates SA tax business

BBB advises consumers to be cautious about work-at-home opportunities Better Business Bureau commonly receives reports about suspicious work-at-home offers that involve wiring money overseas. These offers put the potential employee at risk of identity theft and of helping criminals launder money. Scammers sometimes steal the identity of legitimate companies to appear more convincing. BBB recently…