Category Archive: BBB

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 11

Secure Your ID Day

Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York hosted its annual Secure Your ID Day event on Saturday, October 8th. Tops, Shred-It, and AT&T helped to make this event the largest it has ever been. Over 1,700 people brought their old documents for free shredding and destruction. Missed the event? Take a look at photos and videos …

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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

Opiates in the Workplace recap

Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Erie County Health Department, Lake Shore Behavioral Health, and Bond, Schoeneck and King held the first Opiates in the Workplace seminar Thursday, September 22nd. Employers from all over Western New York attended to learn more about dealing with employees who are dealing with addiction. …

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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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Aug 30

Grandparent scammers request iTunes gift card payment

Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Upstate New York is warning the public about scammers asking for iTunes gift cards as a method of payment. The trend began to appear in reports to BBB’s Scam Tracker system late last year and so far, there have been 200 reports nationwide of scammers asking people for iTunes gift cards. …

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Aug 19

Avoid scams at college

College is a time of freedom and self-development. However, students must be careful or else they may put themselves in situations that could harm their financial future. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York offers the following tips on the most common scams targeted at students: Roommate/rental scheme. Beware of roommates who are out of the country …

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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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