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From Puppy Love to Heartbreak

Find out about the two popular puppy scams that have people disappointed this holiday season. ...

Mortgage Loan Scams Target Military

Mortgage refinancing scams often prey on military members. Here are five ways you can protect yourself from a predatory loan scam. ...

Phishing Scam Lures Domain Name Owners

This con fools domain owners into paying or sharing personal information in order to "register" with Google. ...

The Bogus Tax Man - Busted

Recent arrests have led to a steady decrease in tax scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker. ...

Scammers Using Venmo to Fool Sellers

By cancelling their Venmo payment early, scammers are swindling online sellers. ...

SHOPPING

My Data. Your Business.

When it comes to sharing personal information, inform yourself, demand better privacy and protect the data on your devices and in your communications, by using ...

BBB Podcast: Better Business > Better Series & BBB Bistro

Join us for the new BBB podcast that will convene business and industry leaders to talk through the evolution of our ever-changing marketplace. ...

Scalping has Made Ticket Buying Trickier for Everyone

As venues begin to crack down on bots and ticket scalpers, individual buyers may be feeling the effects. ...

Bots: The Stealth Player in the Ticket Selling Marketplace

Buying tickets to the hottest show, game or event is hard enough. It's even tougher when you're going up against computer bots. ...

BBB’s Five Steps to Becoming a Smarter Back-to-School Shopper

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California offers the following five tips on back-to-school purchases: ...

TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION

Internet-Connected Cars: Scammers' Next Target

Is your car connected? Internet connection comes with a potential drawback. It opens up your car to the risk of being hacked and even controlled. ...

Highway Hitchhiker of the Cyber Variety

The days of playing license plate bingo on long car rides are long gone. Now we play the latest video games, Netflix, or iTunes playlist. ...

Make this Call before Traveling

If you’re taking a vacation or visiting out-of-town family, you probably already have a sizable to-do list before you hit the road, but your BBB is suggesting y ...

8 Tips for Avoiding a Vacation Scam

As you dream of summer fun, BBB is reminding consumers of vacation scams that can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. ...

Fake Hotel Booking Websites Fool Travelers

Taking a vacation this summer? Be extra careful when booking accommodations online. ...