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Digital Spring Cleaning: Take Action to Stay Safe and Secure

Warmer weather and sunshine are finally here, and the tax filing deadline is – thankfully – behind us. Chances are that your seasonal chores include a spring cleaning. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have teamed up to remind everyone that when clearing out clutter, don’t forget about the critical need to take action and protect your volumes of valuable information. Whether you are tidying up your home or sprucing up your office space, everyone needs to spend a few minutes to help keep personal online data more secure. Taking some simple, proactive steps will go a long way in safeguarding you against any number of potentially disruptive issues – like identity theft, loss of funds or credit card fraud – that can cause mayhem by compromising your data. Take the time to put into practice a few precautionary measures and you will have greater peace of mind – not only this spring but all year round.
 

By The Council of Better Business Bureaus on 04/22/2019

BBB Warning Travelers of Vacation Deal Scams

Most people know that the best travel and vacation deals are found when you finalize your reservations as early as possible. Scammers know this too and this is likely the reason why since the start of 2019, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has already received 91 reports on Scam Tracker from across North America, with over $22.6 million lost.
By Shannon Boyle on 04/12/2019

News Release: SBA and BBB Announce Strategic Alliance to Bring Ethical Marketplace Resources to Small Businesses

SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson visited Better Business Bureau New England headquarters in Marlborough to formalize a partnership with a strategic alliance memorandum ceremonial signing. 

By Shannon Boyle on 03/27/2019

Employment Scams Were the Riskiest Scams in 2018

Employment scams were the riskiest scams in 2018, according to the latest report from the Better Business Bureau, Tech-Savvy Scammers Work to Con More Victims: 2018 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report(BBB.org/RiskReport).

By The Council of Better Business Bureaus on 03/06/2019

BBB Tip: What Did We Learn from the Fyre Festival?

The spectacular failure of the Fyre Festival in 2017 was shocking, as we were recently reminded by two documentaries that explore the fiasco in depth. But many say, who cares about rich people willing spend somuch money to party with models and rock stars on a private Caribbean island? 

By The Council of Better Business Bureaus on 02/28/2019

BBB Tip: Tech Support Scams


A tech support rep calls you at home and offers to fix a computer bug that you haven’t even noticed, or a popup warning appears on your screen instructing you to dial a number for help. In this con, scammers pose as tech support employees of well-known computer companies and hassle victims into paying for their “support.” 

By The Council of Better Business Bureaus on 02/25/2019

Scam Alert: Watch Out for Shady School Trips

School trips can be life-changing experiences for students, but unscrupulous scammers have been using these trips to steal thousands of dollars from teachers, children, and their parents. Event organizers and parents alike must be on alert for shady travel deals.

By The Council of Better Business Bureaus on 02/20/2019

BBB Tip: Romance Scams

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, don’t let your quest for love blind you to the realities of romance scams.

Online dating and social media have made it easier than ever to meet new people and find dates. Unfortunately, it has made scammers’ work simpler, too. Con artists create compelling backstories, and full-fledged identities, then trick you into falling for someone who doesn’t even exist. This form of deception is known as “catfishing.” Sometimes a catfisher is simply a lonely person hiding behind a fake persona. But often it is the first step in a phishing scheme to steal personal information or a romance scam to trick you out of money. In some cases, victims have been tricked into moving illegal money from other scams (“money mule”), which is potentially a crime.

By The Council of Better Business Bureaus on 02/04/2019

Secret Shopper: Sounds Cool Until It’s a Scam

You’ve been invited to check out a favorite retailer to secretly shop their store and evaluate the quality of service, product availability and the best part - keep the items plus earn a paycheck. It really does sound like a too good to be a true opportunity, however, such a job does exist and is sanctioned by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) mspa-global.org. Naturally, for every good opportunity, there is a scam behind it. 

By The Council of Better Business Bureaus on 01/31/2019

New Year - Same Old Scams

BOSTON - The New Year is in full swing and so are scams targeting utility customers across the country and right here in Massachusetts. Already this year, customers in many towns around the state have been approached by scammers, either on the phone or at their door. To warn customers, Eversource and Better Business Bureau Serving Massachusetts are teaming up to ensure that people know the telltale signs of scams, so they can avoid becoming a victim.

By Shannon Boyle on 01/29/2019

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