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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. ...

At It Again: Phony IRS Continues to Draw Ire

Fraudsters pretending to be the IRS have turned to text messaging. Victims have reported receiving text messages claiming to be the IRS and that they contact th ...

Presidential Election Provides Scammers With a New Opportunity

With the US presidential election happening in November, scammers are striking while the iron is hot. ...

Scammers Target Seniors with Fake Referendum Ballots

A new scam is targeting seniors, preying on fears that they could lose Social Security benefits. ...

Happy Birthday to Scam Alert

BBB's Scam Alerts turns five years old. To celebrate the anniversary, we are sharing our top five tips for spotting a scam. ...

Warning Sent to Online Sellers Making Zika Virus-Protection Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has mailed 10 letters to online sellers of products that claim to provide protection against the Zika virus. ...

Scholarship Scammers on the Loose

As the cost of college rises each year, more scammers take advantage of students and parents searching for scholarships. Don’t fall for it. ...

BBB Scam Tracker: Senior Citizens

In honor of National Senior Citizens Day on August 21, here's a break down of reported scams targeted to those age 65 and older. ...

Valentine’s Day Tips: Avoid Sweetheart Scams!

BBB is warning consumers to watch out for those not so sweet sweetheart Valentine’s Day schemes. ...

Phantom Menace Strikes Again! Return of the Tech Support Scam

The newest adaptation of the tech support scam begins with a telephone call from a “tech” who claims to work for a well-known computer business. ...

Don’t Be a Yule Mule: Avoid Job Scams this Holiday Season

Results of a new study released on October 9, 2015 indicate that at least 1.8 billion in reshipping fraud was committed using 1.6 million stolen credit and debi ...

Online Shopping Con Demands Payment by Gift Card

This holiday shopping season, be on the lookout for a new scam technique. As shoppers become wary of paying by wire transfer and pre-paid debit card, scammers a ...

Delivery Scam Steals Customer Info with Crafty Con

Everyone loves a surprise present... except when it's a scam. Be on the lookout for scammers who make you think you are receiving a package, but really want to ...

How to Spot the Real OPM Data Breach Letter

The U.S. government's Office of Personal Management (OPM) has been notifying those affected by a recent cyber security breach. Unfortunately, scammers are also ...

Pokémon GO Players Fall for Phishing Con

The sudden success of Pokémon GO has scammers cooking up ways to cash in on the app's popularity. The latest is a phishing email that fools victims into thinkin ...

Immediate Payment Requests for Electric Bills Should “Light Up” Red Flags

A hot and humid day is the ideal time for con artists to try to employ the popular utility bill scam, in which scammers scare energy consumers into believing th ...

"Ugly" Instagram Con Leads to Hacking

Instagram users are reporting a new scam called the "Ugly List." Instagram users are fooled into thinking a friend tagged them in a mean-spirited prank. However ...

Students, Watch Out for This Fake Tax Con

Scammers are targeting college students with a new twist on a classic con. Con artists impersonate IRS agents and demand that students pay a fictional tax... or ...

Don’t Be Left in the Doghouse by Scammers

If you’re a pet sitter and receive a request to watch a potential client’s pet, make sure you know who you’re dealing with. ...

Police Report Jump in ATM Skimming

Be sure to use caution when withdrawing from automated teller machines, especially in convenience stores and gas stations. Police departments have reported an u ...

Look Out for Fake Macy's Delivery Message

Each year, millions of people shop at Macy's, a huge fashion retailer with customers across North America and the world. Scammers, banking on the store's popula ...

Don't Be an April Fool! Homebuyers Tricked into Wiring Closing Costs

The FTC warns that scammers are tricking home buyers into wiring closing costs straight into their pockets. Here's how to protect yourself. ...

It’s Not Just People. Businesses Get Scammed Too.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, only 28 percent of small businesses provide training to employees about internet safety and sec ...

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. ...

Prince's Last Words on Video? Watch Out for This Click Bait Scam!

Better Business Bureau would like to thank BBB Accredited Business KnowB4 for providing this warning. ...

Be the Tip of the Spear. Not the Target.

Cyber criminals are getting smarter, savvier and dare I say more personal? The latest trend is called “spear phishing” and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( ...

Phishing Emails Pose as Dropbox Share Alerts

This convincing phishing con poses as Dropbox and lures victims into clicking on a malware-infected email. If you use this file sharing service at home or work, ...

Businesses “Slammed” With Scams

The slow roll out of the chip embedded credit/debit cards is providing an opportunity for scammers to slide in with a slamming scam. ...

The Need is Real, But the Charity Isn't

Holidays are great ways to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country, but they're also a great opportunity for scam artists t ...

Festival Goers Fooled by Fake Tickets and Events

This summer, don't fall for a festival scam. Scammers are tempting would-be festival goers into buying tickets for events promising all-you-can-eat crabs, live ...

Skimmers Steal Customer Card Info at Stores

Next time you use the self-checkout lane at a store, be sure to take a second look at the machine you use to swipe your credit or debit card. ...

Scammers Scare Parents into Paying Up

Parents, watch out for this frightening scam. The FBI says con artists use an array of tricks to convince parents that their children have been abducted. Then, ...

Throw the Flag on Counterfeiters

It is not shocking that most fans will start searching on the Internet for deals on the winning team’s NFL gear. ...

Posing as Chamber of Commerce, Con Targets Businesses

Own a small business or work for one? Watch out for con targeting businesses by posing as "American Chamber of Commerce." ...

Scammers Fool Craigslist Sellers with PayPal Con

If you sell items online, watch out for this con. Scammers are fooling sellers with fake emails that appear to be payment confirmation messages from PayPal. ...

How A Scam Email Claims to Protect From Scam Emails

Who says scammers don't have a sense of humor? ...

A Cute, Cuddly Rip Off? It’s a Puppy Scam

You come across a website that appears to be run by dog breeder who has puppies for sale. There are photos, guarantees, glowing testimonials, affordable prices. ...

Cable Company Impersonation Con Fools Subscribers

A steep discount on your monthly cable bill may sound like a great way to save, but it could be the set up for a scam. ...

How to Spot the Real OPM Data Breach Letter

The U.S. government’s Office of Personal Management (OPM) has been notifying those affected by a recent cyber security breach that their personal data was compr ...

Delivery Scam Steals Customer Info with Crafty Con

Everyone loves a surprise present… except when it’s a scam. ...

Online Shopping Con Demands Payment by Gift Card

As shoppers become wary of paying by wire transfer and pre-paid debit card, scammers are trying something new. ...

This Virus Holds Your Smartphone for Ransom

Watch out for a con that uses malware to lock victims’ phones and asks them to pay to fix it. ...

First Conviction of Jamaican Lottery Scammer

The “Jamaican lottery scam” is so well known that a Google search turns up more than 27,000 instances of that phrase. ...

Scam Texts "Phish" for Banking Info

Watch out for this text message scam. Con artists are trying to fool users into sharing personal information by sending text messages that look like alerts from ...

Fake Emails Pose as WhatsApp

Scammers are always taking advantage of what's new and popular. This time it's WhatsApp, a smart phone application. ...

Job Scam Fools Applicants with Online Interview

Looking for a job? Watch out for this twist on the common job hunt con that uses real business names and "interviews" job candidates over instant messenger. ...