Category Archive: Scam Tracker

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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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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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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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

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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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May 31

Scam alert: Vanity 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 10

Banks are now targets for spam messages

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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