Scam Alerts

BBB celebrates National Consumer Protection Week with a BBB Tip-A-Day

To celebrate the 16th Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), Better Business Bureau is offering savvy consumers seven important tips. Sign up here to receive a BBB tip-a-day on the latest consumer topics. For a decade, BBB has enjoyed supporting NCPW and we are pleased to, once again, encourage every consumer to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed purchasing decisions. Continue Reading >

Share the National Consumer Protection Week video

National Consumer Protection Week — March 2-8 this year — is a time to highlight free consumer resources that help people avoid scams, prevent identity theft and make more informed buying decisions. Just in time for this 16th annual celebration, here’s a new video, available in the NCPW Toolkit, to help you get the word out about the week to your network of colleagues, neighbors, friends and family. Continue Reading >

Random text message? No real prize is waiting for you

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad. It’s most likely a scam. Continue Reading >

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It might not be you they’re after

If you’re lookin’ for love (sometimes in all the wrong places), chances are you’ll wind up on an online dating site at some point. Those who use dating sites can attest: you’ll meet some nice people there – and you’ll probably meet some weird people, too. You’ll have good dates and bad (and great and awful). And, unfortunately, as some people can attest, you might just meet some scammers. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

We Want to Hear From You!

Veterans and their families deserve truthful information when choosing how and where to use their military education benefits. Are you getting the straight scoop on what your program will cost, the likelihood of graduating and the chances for getting a job in your field? If you’re not getting the information you need to make an informed decision, the FTC and its agency partners want to know. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Homeowners Beware of the Tax Identity Thief

Whether you just bought a home or have owned one for a while, you’re probably looking forward to the mortgage interest deduction you claim when you file your annual income taxes. But what happens when you go to file your return and you discover they’re already filed?

You may be a victim of refund fraud. The Federal Trade Commission is designating January 13-17 as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to claim YOUR refund or to secure a job. Continue Reading >

To robocall scammers who lied about free medical alert devices: We’ve got your number

The FTC warned people last summer about illegal prerecorded sales calls from scammers pitching safety alert systems for older adults. Continue Reading >

Money Transfer Scams

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service recently distributed thousands of checks totaling $46 million to people who lost money in scams that involved MoneyGram, a popular money transfer service. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Scammers Targeting Target Shoppers

If you’ve been following the news this holiday season, you’ve probably heard that Target shoppers may have been affected by the recent data breach. Target notified their customers of the breach via email. Continue Reading >

Avoiding Debt-Relief Scams

If you’re looking for a way to manage your debt, the last thing you need is to get ripped off by a company that promises to help. According to the Federal Trade Commission, that’s what happened to people who paid hundreds of dollars each to Southeast Trust, LLC. The company contacted people through illegal robocalls and claimed it was a non-profit group that could get them credit card interest rates as low as zero percent. Continue Reading >

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