Category: Scam Alerts

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

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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Jul 08

Watch out for Mega Millions lottery scams

With a huge “Mega Millions” lottery jackpot on the line this weekend, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York warns people to know that scammers could be around the corner trying to take advantage of the situation to trick people into thinking they are winners. You can get the winning numbers online or from the …

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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 31

Scam alert: Vanity awards

Internet awards

Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is warning businesses of a vanity award scheme going around. Reports from Buffalo and Rochester area business owners to BBB’s Scam Tracker say they received emails stating they are the winner of a “2016 Best of [TYPE OF BUSINESS]” award in their city. It turns out that businesses …

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May 23

More fake coupons popping up

fake ad social media

Another week means more fake coupons popping up on social media. Have you seen that Kohl’s coupon offer on Facebook?  It’s a clickbait scam. Scammers are again posing as a well-known retailer to try and get people to click on the link, possibly opening themselves up to malware. All of the tell-tale scams signs are …

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May 10

Banks are now targets for spam messages

Text message

Check your text messages for spam…scammers pretending to be banks are sending messages to people, hoping they can get your personal or banking information! Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is getting reports to our Scam Tracker about spam text messages, similar to this example: Looks pretty scary, doesn’t it?  “Your debit card is …

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May 03

Those yellow page invoices are not real!

Invoice

Those yellow page invoices that are coming into offices across Upstate New York are not real, and should not be paid. Businesses are reporting to Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker that a phony directory invoice is coming in via fax, demanding payment for services that owners say they didn’t receive. The invoice, from American Yellow Group, …

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