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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Avoid paving scams this spring season

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Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York wants everyone to recognize and avoid paving scams this spring season. Since March 1, BBB received over 6,300 inquiries from the public about paving contractors. A check of BBB’s Scam Tracker shows that paving scams are being reported across the country. Most of the reports start the same …

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Microsoft is not calling you!

Microsoft scam

Microsoft is not calling you, it’s a scam. Several Central and Western New Yorkers are telling Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York’s Scam Tracker that they received a phone call from someone claiming to be “Microsoft tech support” or they will simply say they are calling from tech support.  They say there are viruses or …

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IRS imposters are still at it

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As we get closer to the tax filing deadline of April 18th, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New york wants everyone to know that tax and IRS imposters are still at it… they’re making calls trying to trick people into paying taxes they don’t owe. Did you get a call from Steve Martin, Ron Schneider, …

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Another Facebook “like farming” is making the rounds; know how to spot it

like-farming

Another day, another Facebook “like farming” post is making the rounds, tricking people into thinking if they share a post they will win big. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York hears from people all the time who ask “is this real?” Sadly, it’s not. This is a common practice known as “like farming.” Like-farmers create …

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Do you know what to do if a scammer calls? From fake IRS to utility imposters, calls continue

Scam Calls

Do you know what to do if a scammer calls you? Calls continue in Upstate New York from the fake IRS to utility imposters. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York continues to receive reports to our Scam Tracker about the IRS scam. The good news is, most people are smart enough to recognize the …

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BBB 2015 stats are out!

BBB stats

It was another great year for BBB. BBB’s 2015 stats are out, which show more of you turned to us to find a business, submit a review, file a complaint or request a quote.

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Don’t fall for a ticket scam-make sure your NCAA tickets are real

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Are you headed to see UB or Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament? BBB says make sure your tickets are real! Basketball fans in Buffalo and Syracuse are excited for the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as the University at Buffalo Bulls and the Syracuse Orange made it to the field of 68. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New …

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Business email phishing scams-do you know the signs? Tips from BBB

We all know an email from the boss is important. Scammers know this, too which is why new phishing emails are targeting businesses. Several Better Business Bureau office and reports to our Scam Tracker show the email scam is getting bigger. Several businesses let us know about these emails. But it turns out big businesses …

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BBB and the Buffalo Home Show

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s home show season in Upstate New York! Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is proud to be a sponsor of the 2016 Buffalo Home Show. Come see us at the information desk. Our Accredited Businesses are also at the Buffalo Home Show. If you want more …

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Grandparents scam warning

The grandparents scam is back. “Grandma, it’s me! I’m in trouble!” If you get a call like this, chances are it’s scam. A recent article from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says the Monroe County Sheriff’s office is warning the elderly about the scam. They say the scammers are asking for iTunes gift cards in …

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