Savvy Consumers

Arming consumers with the tools they need to buy smart

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BBB's Savvy Consumers education program provides free presentations and information to consumers of all ages, in all walks of life. Funded by our Accredited Businesses, Savvy Consumers aims to give people the knowledge and the tools they need to protect themselves from scams, fraudsters or shady business practises.

Contact BBB today for more information on presentations for:

Savvy Consumers   Old Scams, New Tricks
  • They say there’s nothing new under the sun - or is there? Find out how modern day raudsters apply new tricks to old songs and dances with surprisingly effective results.

Internet Scams
  • There’s lot’s of “phish” in the sea. Learn how not to get caught up in the many forms of fraud on the ‘net.


Program Sponsors:


  Big Picture on Scams Targeting Seniors
  • Seniors have a strong attachment to manners and “being friendly” and may have difficulty saying no to high-pressure sales tactics. You grew up in a time when business was done on a handshake and trust and integrity was important.

Heartstring Scams
  • A scam that plays on your emotions to take money from you. Sophisticated and difficult to detect because we want to believe they are real. They can also involve your family or loved ones.

Windfall Scams
  • A scam that promises large sums of money or prizes for little or no effort and plays on financial insecurity and fear. It can be very sophisticated and take place over weeks or months.

House and Home Scams
  • Door-to-door solicitation, telemarketers, rental scams, mortgage frauds and fly-by-nighters are just some of the potential pitfalls for homeowners. Learn what to look for and how to avoid being taken.

Just for Caregivers
  • Is the senior you care for at risk? If your senior has three or more of the presentation risk factors, they may be a target for con-artists.

  House & Home Scams, How to Hire a Contractor
  • What should you look for in a contractor? How do you choose? What are some of the steps you can take to protect yourself? Find out the answers to these and other questions that will help make your next home improvement project a success.


  Fighting Investment Fraud
  • Knowledge is power and it is the first step in becoming a fraud fighter! Learn some of the more common investment scams, red flags, warning signs and clues to help avoid handing your money over to the wrong people.

  Welcome to Canada... Beware of Scammers
  • Canada Day is a holiday when many newcomers take their citizenship oath and become Canadians. In celebration of the occasion, BBB and CCCSA are partnering to launch the Savvy Newcomers Consumer Education Program aimed at educating new Canadians on how to be savvy consumers.


Navigating the Real World After Graduation

  • Congratulations! You've been accepted into post-secondary school, but now you've got to figure out how to apply for student loans, find a place to rent, perhaps buy your first car and apply for jobs...where do you even start? BBB's Savvy Students presentation helps young adults avoid popular scams once they leave home for the first time. 


Watch in the coming months for programs for Savvy Students.

With enough notice, we are also happy to customize a program for your group.
For more information, please contact:

dave David McKee
Community Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (403) 531-8688