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Waiting for a Tax Refund? There is a Good Reason for Patience

One of the top reasons people file their taxes early is so they can get their refund more quickly, but this year taxpayers may need to have a bit more patience ...

A New Way to Steal Chip Card Information

The newest tool for stealing credit card info is a 'shimmer.' These hard-to-detect devices are able to record information from chip cards, including the PIN. ...

Scammers Target Seniors with Fake Referendum Ballots

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

How to "Freeze Out" Identity Theft

A security freeze locks down your credit reports, preventing identity thieves from establishing new lines of credit in your name. ...

Consumer Protection: Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards

Debit cards and credit cards both have their advantages, but when it comes to protection again unauthorized charges, credit cards have you covered. ...

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 ...

Let Logic, Not Emotion, Drive Giving Decisions

When people see others suffering or see others affected by a tragic event, people are, for the most part, driven to do something good or helpful. ...

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 ...

BBB® Warns of Skimmers

The next time you stop to fill up the gas tank or pick up a few things at the store using the self-checkout, think twice before putting your card into the credi ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Two for One Deal on Scams

BBB warns the check overpayment scam is still going strong, only this time, it’s combined with a second scam. ...

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 ...

Scammers Pose as Banks in Chip Card Con

Many banks are issuing new debit and credit cards with an embedded chip for additional security. The new chips are meant to reduce fraud, but be careful of scam ...

War and Tragedy in Syria Inspires Scammers

Scammers always seem to take advantage of current events and the tragic circumstances of others. The Syrian refugee crisis is just the latest disaster to get th ...

Holiday Job Scam Tempts With High Pay

The holiday season will soon be in full swing, and stores are staffing up with temporary employees. Seasonal work can be a great way to make extra money during ...

Tips for a Thrifty Thanksgiving

Being thrifty with our money at the start of the holiday season means more wiggle room in the budget for the rest of the year. ...

Don't Fall for Fake Customer Service Numbers

Next time you call the customer service department of your credit or debit card, be sure to double check the number. ...

Honoring the Virginia Journalists Killed Last Week

Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a man-made tragedy like a mass shooting, criminals attempt to use that public attention for their own gain. ...

Sweepstakes Fools Victims with Fake Check

Con artists are always impersonating Publisher's Clearing House, hoping that the lure of a sweepstakes win is too tempting to resist. BBB has learned of a new t ...

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 ...

IRS Impersonation Scam Strikes Again

The IRS impersonation scam is one of the most persistent cons out there, reappearing every few months. ...

Spot a "Money Flipping" Scam on Instagram

Scammers are giving get-rich-quick schemes a high-tech makeover. By promoting "money flipping" scams on social media, they are appealing to a new, younger audie ...

Sweepstakes Con Gets a Real Life Twist

Scammers have given a classic lottery scam a cunning new twist by drawing on the real life story of a Mega Millions winner. ...

Missing Your Wallet? Here's What To Do

There is a protocol for just about everything: you have an emergency, call 911; feeling sick, visit the doctor. What is the protocol for a person whose wallet i ...

Why Am I Receiving These Phone Calls?

The Do Not Call Registry does bar legitimate telemarketing companies from contacting you. However, scam artists don’t necessarily abide by the Do Not Call list. ...

Hackers Target Starbucks Gift Cardholders and Mobile App Users

Starbucks gift card holders and mobile app users should be aware that hackers have been targeting these services. ...

SEC Announces Fraud Charges Against ITT Educational Services Inc.

ITT currently holds an F rating with Better Business Bureau. The SEC claims the national operator of for-profit colleges and two executives hid financial inform ...

Fake Hotel Booking Websites Fool Travelers

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

Card Skimming: Can it Happen to You?

Have you swiped your credit or debit card recently at a gas pump, ATM or to pay for a movie rental? Then yes, it’s possible card skimming can happen to you. ...

New Scam Twist Fools Job Hunters

Looking for a job as a nanny, babysitter or caregiver? Be careful when responding to job postings or emails. A new scam is preying on job seekers. ...

Investing? There's an App for That

Whether you want to check on your investments, your retirement portfolio or buy and sell stock, there’s an app for that. ...

4 Key Steps for the Recent Graduate’s Job Search

Most graduates have given some thought to what they’d like to do after college, but rarely does that dream job come knocking on their doors. They are going to h ...

Stay “In the Know” with BBB's Scam Tracker

Ignorance costs money, but consumer education through BBB is always free! ...

Phony Clients Fool Photographers in New Scam

Freelance photographers are getting targeted by a new con. Scammers are posing as potential clients and fooling photographers into paying thousands of dollars. ...

Don't Fall for Credit Repair Scams

If you are planning to buy a house, lease a car or even get a new job, your credit score matters. Scammers know this, and they make a living preying on those de ...

A Not So Secret Shopping Scam

Cincinnati area consumers who receive an invite to become a “secret store evaluator,” similar to a secret shopper job, may want to reconsider. ...

Stolen Web Copy Deceives Job Seekers

Job seekers are always looking for the best opportunity to fit their needs, while employers are looking for employees to fit their goals and objectives. ...

Scammers Prey on Affordable Housing Seekers

In a particularly malicious scam, con artists have created fake websites that prey on those looking for affordable housing (sometimes called "Section 8"). ...

Look Out for Door-to-Door Magazine Scams This Spring

Like seasonal allergies and rainy weather, door-to-door magazine scams are an annual annoyance that return each spring. Be on the lookout for scammers selling f ...

Shred or Recycle? Tips for Securing Your Identity

Shredding is a key way to help prevent identity theft and financial fraud, and here are some tips from the New York Times to help you decide what you should shr ...

How to Spot a Work at Home Scam

If you’re looking to put your skills to work picking up some extra cash, a home-based job can be a great idea. But remember, there are a number of scams aimed a ...

Fake Fraud Department is After Your Credit Card Code

A fraudulent fraud department? It may sound too wacky to be true, but scammers are now pretending to be from credit card companies' fraud departments. It's a tr ...