Category Archive: Scam Alerts

Mar 13

Don’t get scammed when buying March Madness tickets!

Basketball fans are excited for the 2017 NCAA Tournament, with the first round being held at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo. As March Madness gets underway, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is urging fans to buy tickets from reputable sources and avoid scammers. “As Buffalo prepares for basketball fans from all over the …

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Jan 27

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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Jan 26

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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Dec 07

Why that gift exchange on Facebook could be a scam and is illegal

From Secret Sister to a wine exchange, that gift exchange on Facebook seems too good to be true. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York says that while it may be tempting to jump in, it could lead to you getting scammed and at the end of the day, it is illegal. Here’s what you …

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Nov 23

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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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 30

Tech support scams reappear in Upstate NY

The tech support scam is back in Upstate New York. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York’s Scam Tracker is receiving reports again of scammers pretending to offer tech support to unsuspecting users. There are three types of tech support scams. The first is a phone call from a “specialist” at a computer company. The …

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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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