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FTC: Start With Security

The FTC has two new tools that can help your business navigate the connected world of the future, "Start with Security: A Guide for Business" and IdentityTheft. ...

The Future of IoT

What's next for the Internet of Things (IoT)? Are there any concerns at all when it comes to the man vs. machine generation? ...

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. ...

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 ...

Raspberry Pi and Facebook: BBB Warns About Social Spoofing

BBB warns that some spoofers are using Facebook holders’ accounts to post advertisements for marketers that would otherwise be prohibited. ...

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 ...

The Strip is Not Going Away. Yet.

The shift to EMV chip technology for use in credit/debit cards to protect against identity theft is not happening overnight. ...

"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 ...

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, ...

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. ...

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, ...

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. ...

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. ...

Ordering Groceries Online

There are a few universal things to consider if you’re thinking about stocking your refrigerator via delivery. ...

Keep Your Clothing Choices Fresh – Without Going Shopping

Do you want some variety in your closet? Or need help choosing clothes and determining your style? Or do you just need that one special outfit for a special occ ...

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 ...

What's the Big Deal? It's Just a Phone ...

Millions of people have already upgraded to the latest/greatest iPhone and now you may be wondering if it’s time for you to take the leap as well. ...

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. ...

Phishing Scam Lures with Free iPhone Offer

Test the upcoming iPhone 7 and get a free iPhone 6 at the same time! If this sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. ...

9 Tips for 9 Shopping Weeks until….. You Know What

At your Better Business Bureau, our most popular free service is our BBB Business Reviews, which provide information consumers need to make wise-buying decision ...

Social Media Gift Exchange is Really a Scam

The latest seasonal scam is a gift exchange that's actually a pyramid scheme. Look out for this con on Facebook, Instagram and other social sites. ...

Fake Job Offer is Really a Phishing Scam

Scammers are at it again! A new email con uses Google Docs to disguise a phishing scam. ...

Cunning New Con Impersonates Personal Emails

A sophisticated new scam is targeting business and personal email addresses. ...

Why Paying Attention to the UX of Your Website Matters

If your site is a representation of your entire business, do you want the users to come away feeling frustrated? Of course not! ...

Pay to Decode Your Own Files? It's Ransomware

The ransomware scam is back and more vicious than ever, according to a new FBI report. Ransomware is a virus that freezes your computer, holding it ransom until ...

Looking for Love on Tinder? Watch Out!

Romance scams, sometimes called "catfishing," are an unfortunate reality of online dating. ...

SEO or Google AdWords?

As a local business, you’ve probably heard of different Internet strategies to create buzz about your brand.  With so many options, which is best for business? ...

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. ...

Click - You’ve Been Scammed

Scammers have added Instagram to their arsenal of tricks to defraud consumers. ...

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 ...

New Apps Mean New Threats

As technology advances and new apps are created, our smartphones become a great tool for us in handling certain tasks with more convenience. But there are also ...

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

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

Ransomware Schemes Still Prevalent

According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) public service announcement, computer ransomware is still active and affecting both individuals and ...

Of Smart People and Scams

Smart people get taken in by scams every day of the year. Many others come “this close” to taking the bait before taking a deep breath and asking a trusted pers ...

App-arently Someone is Watching Me

The next time you download an app from your favorite retailer, ask yourself: do know how the information is being used? ...

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"). ...

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. ...

Take a Survey, Get $100? Don't Fall for It!

Booking a summer vacation? Steer clear of fake offers promising you gift cards in exchange for taking a quick customer survey. ...

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. ...

Scammers alter tactics with emerging ‘Watering Hole” online phishing attacks

Better Business Bureau is warning of a new type of fishing scam that attacks consumers and businesses through legitimate websites as part of its mission to warn ...

Did You Know: Crazy Facts About Hacking

Cyber crime may seem scary, but the more you know, the more you can protect yourself. ...

Unclaimed Fund Request Does Not Require a Fee

If you receive an email notice of money coming to you from the state, BBB® cautions it may be a result of a phishing scam. ...