scams

  • 6 tips for avoiding charity scams

    BPT Charitable giving is a significant part of many people’s lives and budgets and individuals are often eager to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need. Unfortunately, not every organization seeking a donation is exactly what it claims to be. If you’re not careful, you...
  • Don’t Use Gift Cards to Pay for Scams

    Mark Hedin Ethnic Media Services Gift cards prepaid credit-card-like financial instruments are for gifts. Just ask the government. Use them, perhaps, to give your style-conscious niece who lives far away the chance to shop for something she’ll actually wear. But DON’T use a gift card to help rescue that niece, or...
  • BBB Tip: Avoiding Ticket Scams

    Golden Gate Better Business Bureau Whether you want to take in a baseball game or are looking ahead to your favorite summer concerts, be careful of ticket scams when you purchase online.  Thanks to the internet, there are countless ways for consumers to find tickets and connect with online...
  • Impostor Scams: Who’s Really Contacting You?

    Rebecca Harpster Golden Gate Better Business Bureau It’s easy to pretend to be someone that you’re not on the Internet or over the phone, and it can be difficult to tell who’s real and who’s faking it. Scammers depend on this confusion to trick unwitting consumers in to giving...
  • BBB Study: Online Romance Scams Stealing Millions from Unsuspecting Victims

    Rebecca Harpster Golden Gate Better Business Bureau On Feb 13, Better Business Bureau (BBB) released a new study that reveals an estimated one million Americans have been victimized in romance scams, with losses nearing one billion over the last three years. BBB warns those who use dating websites to...
  • Top Three Riskiest Scams for Military Families and Veterans

    Rebecca Harpster Golden Gate Better Business Bureau Service members and their families make many sacrifices for their country. However, there’s one sacrifice they don’t expect: being a target for scammers. As Veterans Day approaches, your Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges service members to keep an eye out for scams....
  • BBB’s Top Scams of 2017 (So Far)

    Rebecca Harpster Golden Gate Better Business Bureau The best way to avoid a scam? To know about it! That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of current scams. Unfortunately, scammers are innovative and sophisticated – they’re always coming up with new schemes and tactics to trick people...
  • New BBB Risk Index Identifies Riskiest Scams

    Better Business Bureau There is no doubt that scams have gone high tech, but the riskiest scam is the face-to-face home improvement scam, with fake check scams running a close second, according to the new BBB Risk Index, a sophisticated analysis that goes beyond volume to look at the...
  • “Grandparent’s” Scam Targets More than Just Seniors

    Better Business Bureau The phrase ‘“grandparent’s” scam’ rings a bell for many people: a little old lady receives a call from her grandson, claiming that there’s an emergency and asking for money. The grandmother, worried sick, quickly wires over a large amount. Unfortunately, in reality it was all a...

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