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Beware of This One Word Scam
The FCC is warning consumers about a brand new scam that is hooking consumers with just one word: YES. According the FCC, the call opens with a person or recoding saying: "Can you hear me?"  When you respond 'yes,' and that's all it takes for you to get sca…
BBB Advises: Donate To a Charity You Can Trust
September marks a month which recognizes worthy causes. The anniversary of 9/11 and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month may have people considering a donation to a charity. Last month, viral videos of people pouring ice water over their heads sparked a donation frenzy. Participants, including celebriti…
Jury Duty Scammers Use Jail Threats to Scare Victims
Jury duty is a vital civic responsibility and should be taken seriously by all citizens. Unfortunately, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin found scammers may use it to compromise your personal information and steal your money.
The jury duty sc…
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 …
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 o…
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 apar…
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…
Electric Companies Say Beware of Scammers
Another day, another way that scammers are attempting to rip you off! Read up on the latest methods thieves are using to steal your personal information and use it fraudulently. It involves you getting a phone call telling you that your power is about to be cut off...don't fall for it!
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 techni…
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) se…
Online Dad’s Day Gift Buying Tips From the BBB
This Sunday is Father’s Day, and although there is nothing quite like the gift of fatherhood, many consumers will be trying to brainstorm the perfect gift to honor dad. Spending on Father’s in the U.S. is predicted to reach almost $13.3 billion this year, based on a survey by the National Retail Fed…

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