Melanie McGovern

Author's details

Name: Melanie McGovern
Date registered: January 26, 2016


BBB of Upstate New York social media and communications coordinator.

Latest posts

  1. ConServe named a winner of BBB’s 2017 Torch Award — May 2, 2017
  2. Don’t get scammed when buying March Madness tickets! — March 13, 2017
  3. BBB at the Albany Times Union Home Expo — February 22, 2017
  4. Can you hear me? Do not say yes! — January 27, 2017
  5. Protecting your credit cards — January 26, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. New state law protects gift card purcasers — 13 comments
  2. Those yellow page invoices are not real! — 13 comments
  3. Can you hear me? Do not say yes! — 3 comments
  4. Scam Tracker now local — 2 comments
  5. IRS scam calls continue — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

Oct 06

BBB shred day is this Saturday!

Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York (BBB) shred day is this Saturday, October 8, 2016. In 2015, 13.1 million Americans reported being a victim of identity fraud at the cost of $15 billion. Did you know every two seconds someone steals an identity? BBB says the first rule of protection is if you don’t …

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Sep 28

New state law protects gift card purcasers

A law signed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo this week now better protects consumers from hidden fees and other penalties associated with gift cards. Under the new law: No fees after 13 months for cards with a balance; that time frame is now 25 months. If you use the card within three years …

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Sep 23

What you need to know about the Yahoo! email breach

Yahoo! says and email breach that included information from 500 million email accounts was stolen in 2014. According to the company, the theft may include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Change your Yahoo! email password if you haven’t already.  Better Business Bureau of …

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Jul 27

Fake email trying to take advantage of Pokemon GO players

Did you get an email from Pokemon GO…well, it’s a scam. Scammers are trying to take advantage of players of the popular game. The latest version is a phishing email that tries to fool players into thinking they need to pay for the game. How the scam works  You receive an email which reads “due to …

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Jul 12

5 things to be aware of while playing Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO, an online game, is all the rage across the country. It is the most downloaded phone app in the U.S. It uses mapping software to create a virtual reality game. It gets people out and about in their neighborhoods to “catch” the game characters as they pop up on phone screens from various …

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Jul 08

Watch out for Mega Millions lottery scams

With a huge “Mega Millions” lottery jackpot on the line this weekend, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York warns people to know that scammers could be around the corner trying to take advantage of the situation to trick people into thinking they are winners. You can get the winning numbers online or from the …

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Jun 29

Live tweeting recap from our #cybersecurity event

Cyber security is an important part of any business. This week, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, Niagara County Small Business Development Center, Niagara USA Chamber, Senator Rob Ortt in partnership with Congressman Chris Collins hosted an event for local businesses. Thank you to our presenters: AT&T, Digits, LLC, law enforcement, Lawley and Lincoln …

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May 31

Scam alert: Vanity awards

Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is warning businesses of a vanity award scheme going around. Reports from Buffalo and Rochester area business owners to BBB’s Scam Tracker say they received emails stating they are the winner of a “2016 Best of [TYPE OF BUSINESS]” award in their city. It turns out that businesses …

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May 23

More fake coupons popping up

Another week means more fake coupons popping up on social media. Have you seen that Kohl’s coupon offer on Facebook?  It’s a clickbait scam. Scammers are again posing as a well-known retailer to try and get people to click on the link, possibly opening themselves up to malware. All of the tell-tale scams signs are …

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May 10

Banks are now targets for spam messages

Check your text messages for spam…scammers pretending to be banks are sending messages to people, hoping they can get your personal or banking information! Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is getting reports to our Scam Tracker about spam text messages, similar to this example: Looks pretty scary, doesn’t it?  “Your debit card is …

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