Tag Archive: scam tracker

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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May 03

Those yellow page invoices are not real!

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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Apr 26

Avoid paving scams this spring season

Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York wants everyone to recognize and avoid paving scams this spring season. Since March 1, BBB received over 6,300 inquiries from the public about paving contractors. A check of BBB’s Scam Tracker shows that paving scams are being reported across the country. Most of the reports start the same …

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Apr 21

Microsoft is not calling you!

Microsoft is not calling you, it’s a scam. Several Central and Western New Yorkers are telling Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York’s Scam Tracker that they received a phone call from someone claiming to be “Microsoft tech support” or they will simply say they are calling from tech support.  They say there are viruses or …

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Mar 30

Do you know what to do if a scammer calls? From fake IRS to utility imposters, calls continue

Do you know what to do if a scammer calls you? Calls continue in Upstate New York from the fake IRS to utility imposters. Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York continues to receive reports to our Scam Tracker about the IRS scam. The good news is, most people are smart enough to recognize the …

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Feb 26

Grandparents scam warning

The grandparents scam is back. “Grandma, it’s me! I’m in trouble!” If you get a call like this, chances are it’s scam. A recent article from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says the Monroe County Sheriff’s office is warning the elderly about the scam. They say the scammers are asking for iTunes gift cards in …

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Feb 10

Scam Tracker now local

Scam Tracker allows people to report scams. Now, it’s tracking the local trends. By clicking on the map, people will now be able to see scam trends being reported to Better Business Bureau right in their neighborhood. A quick look at trending scams around here: 1. Tax collection aka IRS scam-people are reporting to Scam Tracker threatening messages …

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