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Support Your Nonprofits and Change the World

By using the services of a nonprofit , you’re actually helping make a better world in many small, tangible ways. ...

Seven Tools to Help Control Your Privacy

A list of seven free tools to help take control of your privacy, both online and off, and secure your identity at a level that feels right for you. ...

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. ...

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 ...

New Restrictions on Telemarketers

The days of incessant calls allegedly from the IRS, US Department of Treasury or a random company claiming you have a long-standing debt easily remedied with th ...

Is Your A/C Unit Properly Installed?

Replacing a home’s air conditioner, heat pump or furnace can make a world of difference in comfort on hot summer days and brisk winter nights. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Know Your Rights When It Comes Time to Move

Whether it’s across the street, across town, or across state lines, moving takes patience, planning, and packing. ...

Parents: What's Your Teen Doing Online?

It’s summertime and surfing the internet is easy. Depending on the age of the user, the whole internet experience can go one of two ways: Safe and fun or danger ...

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, ...

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. ...

Delivery Scam Steals Customer Info with Crafty Con

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

What to Do After You Clean Out Your Closet

The weather is changing, and for many of us it's time to trade in our shorts for jeans and sundresses for sweaters. This is the perfect time to go through close ...

Your Child Might Be A Target of Identity Thieves

BBB reports an identity theft victim doesn’t necessarily have to be an adult. Recent reports show identity thieves are targeting the clean credit of children an ...

Hot or Cold, It Pays to Check Twice

The importance of getting a second opinion when told you need a new furnace or air conditioner was once again demonstrated by a Fairfield, Ohio woman. ...

Want to Refinance? Don't Fall for Upfront Fees

Rumors that interest rates may rise soon have some homeowners looking to refinance. Scammers are taking advantage of this interest by fooling homeowners with fa ...

Summer Contracting Scam Tricks Homeowners

Summer is unfortunately the season for home improvement scams and fly-by-night contractors. ...

Online Rental - Real or Fake?

BBB is warning you about scammers advertising an apartment or house available for rent, but they're just out to steal your money. ...

Smarter Back-to-School Shopping

Shopping for school supplies can easily put a dent in the bank account. The good news is there are ways you can shop that will help you save money and still pro ...

8 Tips for Smart Garden Shopping

Even if you don’t have any outdoor space to have a garden, there’s still plenty you can do to welcome a little green into your life. Here are some tips for plan ...

6 Ways to Save on Spring Energy Bills

When the temperature rises, you might find your electric and gas bills increase, too. Spring is a great time to try out new ways you can save money on your home ...

11 Tips for Choosing a New Mattress

A new bed is a big—and important—investment. If you’re in the market for a mattress, here are some tips on choosing wisely, from the Huffington Post. ...

10 Things to Know About Lead Hazards at Home

Older homes are beloved for their character, history, and quaint details. If you live in or are thinking about buying, renting, or renovating a home built befor ...

BBB and Porch.com Join Forces to Provide Homeowners with Trusted Resources

BBB has launched a new partnership with home network Porch.com to offer consumers the most comprehensive information available on home improvement and maintenan ...

How to Steer Clear of Snow Removal Scams

If you can’t or don’t want to shovel, you can hire someone to remove your snow. Before you hand over cash to a company, make sure to check them out. ...

7 Ways to Find Trustworthy Childcare

Here are some ways to help you find childcare that you and your child are comfortable with, from BBB and Zero to Three, a national resource center for infants, ...

How Scammers Use Winter Weather to Prey on Homeowners

When you're hit with plunging temperatures and snow storms, watch out for scams that take advantage of the winter weather conditions. ...

5 Tips for Weathering Winter

The winter can be a treacherous season, no matter where you live. Icy roads, hail, and windchills can affect nearly any state. ...

Child Predator Scam Preys on Parents' Fears

Keep on the lookout for an email scam that pretends to be a “community safety” alert. The email looks like a warning for parents, but it’s really a scam. ...

Work-at-Home Scam Targets College Students

A new twist on the classic work-from-home scheme is targeting college students. Don't let the promise of easy money lure you into this con. ...