Category: BBB

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 students

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 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 12

Beware of summer employment scams

employment scams

Summertime means some people are out looking for a part time job before school starts again, or they are looking to supplement their income with an additional job. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York wants everyone to be aware of employment scams, especially this time of year. BBB’s Scam Tracker shows several job scams, mostly …

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Jun 23

Tickets in demand for 2016 NHL draft

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With the NHL draft in Buffalo this weekend, hockey fans from all over the country are in town, hoping to see their favorite team draft the next NHL superstar. With limited tickets the demand is high, so high in fact those tickets sold out in less than a minute. Many fans are now turning to …

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Jun 15

Avoid door-to-door contractors this summer

contractor

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is how scammers posing as door-to-door contractors operate. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York’s Scam Tracker had a report from a man who had issues with his driveway, after seeing the contractor at his neighbor’s house. He asked for company for a …

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Jun 09

Protecting your credit cards

RFID credit card sleeve

Protecting your credit cards is still important, even with the new chip technology. A card that has a magnetic stripe is still at risk. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York recently shared our tips for keeping your information safe with WKBW-TV. Thieves have multiple methods to steal your credit card information (known as skimming). One …

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May 24

Don’t forget: Check out organizers before signing up for race!

fun runs

Nice weather in Upstate New York marks the arrival of race season. Whether it’s a 5K or a marathon, these events are a healthy way to support a good cause, but how can you be sure your donation is going to the right place? Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York says always check out a …

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