Melanie McGovern

Author's details

Name: Melanie McGovern
Date registered: January 26, 2016

Biography

BBB of Upstate New York Communications Director. Go to linkedin.com/in/mjmcgovern12/ for more information!

Latest posts

  1. BBB advice in the wake of the Equifax cyber security incident — September 8, 2017
  2. National Grandparents Day is a great time to talk about scams — September 7, 2017
  3. Text scammers are at it again! Protect yourself with BBB information — June 13, 2017
  4. Marshall Exteriors named winner of BBB’s Torch Award — May 12, 2017
  5. ConServe named a winner of BBB’s 2017 Torch Award — May 2, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. New state law protects gift card purcasers — 14 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

Dec 07

Why that gift exchange on Facebook could be a scam and is illegal

From Secret Sister to a wine exchange, that gift exchange on Facebook seems too good to be true. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York says that while it may be tempting to jump in, it could lead to you getting scammed and at the end of the day, it is illegal. Here’s what you …

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Nov 23

Avoid being the victim of a snowplow scam!

Do you know how to avoid being the victim of a snowplow scam? Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Upstate New York reminds everyone to do their homework before hiring a snow removal service. By doing so, you will know to be on the lookout for prices too good to be true, fly by night operations, …

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Nov 14

(Re) Discover “BBB Business Profiles” – more than just a name change

(Re) Discover our new look BBB Business Profiles this week Whether you’re looking for a new car or your next contractor, pretty much everyone does research online before buying. Finding a trusted business online is now easier with bbb.org. For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has worked with businesses and consumers to build …

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Oct 13

Utility scam back in Upstate New York

Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is warning people that a utility scam is back. National Grid says scammers are targeting its customers. Scammers are demanding payment over the phone saying they will shut off service if you do not comply. Utility companies do sometimes contact their customers by phone, which can make it …

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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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