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BBB: College Students at High Risk for Identity Theft

Information sharing has become second-nature to many college students who have grown up in an era of social media, smartphones and widely available internet access. Unfortunately, this also makes students more susceptible as a target for scams and fraud.

Identity thieves look to college-age adults because they often have good, clean credit scores. Young adults are also prime targets, not just because of their willingness to share information online, but also the high number of forms

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BBB Advice For Safe Shopping Online

Online shopping has become an easy way for consumers to purchase products from the convenience of your computer or portable device. While online shopping allows you to avoid crowds and lines, there are certain risks involved when spending at online retailers. Last year, BBB received over 2,000 complaints against online retailers nationally. Complaints cover a wide range of issues. Some allege the product did not match its description, others state delivery issues, and problems receiving a refund.

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BBB Warns Social Media Users to Beware of Phishing Messages

These days almost every social media outlet allows for private messaging. Even Pinterest recently jumped on the messaging bandwagon. The unfortunate side effect is that scammers are quick to jump on too.

When con artists create emails, links or web pages assuming the identity of a trustworthy source and prompt you to share sensitive personal data, it’s called “phishing”. Phishing is big business for cyber criminals.

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BBB: Students Give Financial Aid Scams a Failing Grade

The college fall semester will kick off soon, so now is the time to beware of scams targeting students. Scholarships and financial aid are a great way to help with the high cost of education. Even though finances have already been planned out for the school year, scammers still use this time as an opportunity to take advantage of students and parents. Before you think about last-minute financial assistance, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants you to be wary of financial aid fraud.

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BBB: Save on Back-to-School Shopping During the Tax-free Weekend

The back-to-school shopping season is underway, and according the National Retail Federation (NRF), it is second in terms of sales only to the winter holidays. According to NRF’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend almost $700.00 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, up five percent from last year’s back to school spending.

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BBB Advice for Those on the Hunt for the Perfect Apartment

Whether you are a college student looking for a place to live or just new to the area, finding an apartment can sometimes be difficult in today’s renters market. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin receives thousands of complaints against apartment complexes every year, consistently placing the apartment industry on BBB’s top 10 list of most complained about industries. Last year BBB received over 9,000 complaints on

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BBB: Beware of Not-So-Fun ‘Fun’ Runs

 

The Better Business Bureau has been hearing lots of complaints from around the country about various fun runs that have been cancelled with short notice, often with no refunds. Last week, BBB of Greater Cleveland reported on a 5K Foam Fest that was cancelled with just four days’ notice. An email to paid participants said “Unfortunately, we’re not able to provide you with a refund.” A similar event scheduled for southern California was also cancelled with the same “no refund” email. The race website says they have ceased operations as of July 17. Another race company has offered Foam Fest participants a discount code for future theme races.

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BBB: Don’t Let Pests Bug You This Summer

I've never been a big fan of insects. Some are very beneficial (bees, for instance), but most are just a big nuisance. What's the best way to avoid getting 'bugged' this summer (and I don't mean by the NSA!)? Your Better Business Bureau offers up the latest buzz (sorry!) on pest control.

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BBB Advises: Don’t Leave Your Pet in the Wrong Hands This Summer

For pet owners looking for a safe place to house their furry friend this summer, locally kenneling or boarding your animal is a great option. Still, the thought of leaving your family pet with strangers can be nerve-wracking. It’s important to find care that you can trust.

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BBB Warns: Don’t Be Fooled by Fuel Additives Promising Big Gas Savings

With gas prices above $3.00 per gallon, summer travel can come with a hefty price tag. When gas prices climb, products that claim to improve fuel efficiency might be appealing. But it's a smart idea to be skeptical of any gas-saving claims for automotive devices or oil and gas additives.

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BBB: Don’t Fall For “Catfish” Scam

June 25 is National Catfish Day. “Catfishing” doesn’t only mean going down to the river with a fishing pole. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants to warn you that catfishing can also be a technique commonly used by dating scammers. 

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BBB: Avoid Lottery/Sweepstakes Scams

Whether it’s mail, phone or in person, con artists are using the promise of prizes and large cash winnings to steal from honest people. Victims often get an unsolicited phone call, email or letter from someone notifying them that they've won a lot of money or a prize. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants you to be able to recognize red flags of a lottery or sweepstakes scam.

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