Category: BBB

Can you hear me? Do not say yes!

Answering “yes” to the question “can you hear me?” is all a scammer needs to execute the latest phone call scam. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is seeing a dramatic increase in reports on our Scam Tracker and calls to our office reporting this scam. There are three different “versions” of the scam …

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Protecting your credit cards

Even with credit card chip technology, protecting your credit cards from fraud is still important. Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies are warning people about skimmers on credit card machines.  Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York wants everyone to keep their cards safe when using them at retail establishments. What are skimmers? Skimmers are card readers …

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Looking to join a gym and get fit in the new year? BBB has advice

If you are looking to get fit and join a gym in the new year, you aren’t alone. Each January, millions of people crowd into gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers. While it’s exciting to gear up towards a goal, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York advises everyone to treat this like any major …

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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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