Melanie McGovern

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

Most commented posts

  1. New state law protects gift card purcasers — 16 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 imposters are still at it — 1 comment

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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 Game

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

Internet 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

fake ad social media

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

Text message

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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May 03

Those yellow page invoices are not real!

Invoice

Those yellow page invoices that are coming into offices across Upstate New York are not real, and should not be paid. Businesses are reporting to Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker that a phony directory invoice is coming in via fax, demanding payment for services that owners say they didn’t receive. The invoice, from American Yellow Group, …

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