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 By Michelle Tabler    News    October 1, 2017 

Employment scams increase during holidays

Holiday hiring is already underway and Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest reports employment scams are trending up from last year.    In 2016, more than 1,900 employment scams were reported to BBB Scam Tracker, resulting in more than...

 

Preventing ID theft takes diligence

With Better Business Bureau’s free annual event, the Secure Your ID shred day, coming up, it’s a good time to remind people about steps they can take to prevent identity theft. The first line of defense in protecting your identity is to shred...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    May 1, 2017

Imposter phone calls and utility scams

Imposter scams are on the rise – in fact, in 2016, according to the Consumer Sentinal Network, it ranked number two with 472 reported complaints by Alaska consumers, directly behind lottery/sweepstakes scams. Much of the time, these schemes are by...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    August 1, 2016

Companies fined for overselling 'brain games'

Have you played any online games that promised to reduce cognitive decline? They may be fun to play but be aware that any health-related claims made by the companies may be unfounded. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought charges and...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    July 1, 2016

Frantic phone caller is likely an impostor

The “grandparent scam” occurs in Alaska on a regular basis. It’s an impostor scam that has been around for years and has claimed many victims nationwide. The amount requested by the scammers usually runs into several thousand dollars, but one...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    March 1, 2016

Tax scams spike during filing season

With tax season in full swing, the Better Business Bureau Northwest warns of new twists on tax scams hammering local consumers. According to the BBB Scam Tracker, tax scams ranked at the top nationally in 2015 with more than 2,000 reports out of...

 

Cute puppies – and scams – abound online

A Pennsylvania consumer reported on BBB’s Scam Tracker, “I paid $700 for a kitten that does not exist. My kid is devastated because she was waiting for a kitten to be delivered to our house today.” Another consumer wrote, “All we wanted was a...

 

Scammers push medical devices on seniors

Alaskan seniors are being targeted with unwelcomed calls from telemarketers pitching unneeded medical devices. Better Business Bureau and the Alaska Medicare Information Office say the callers will trick seniors into parting with personal...

 

Outrageous scam stories are sadly true

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog on lottery scams and the vulnerability of seniors to this type of scheme – whether by phone, mail, or email. Since then, I have received more reports from victims. Community partners throughout the state have all...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    August 1, 2015

Storm-damaged cars will be flooding the market

With the recent floods in Texas, Oklahoma and other states, consumers looking to purchase a used car—even in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska—should be wary. Scammers and unscrupulous car dealers often ship these damaged vehicles to other states...

 

Don't let a travel scam spoil your vacation plan

’Tis the season for summer vacations! Whether traveling in your home state, throughout the U.S. or to a foreign country, taking precautions and knowing about potential scams could save you from a ruined vacation. Book online securely When booking...

 
 By Michelle Tabler    News    April 1, 2015

Free Shred Day and Financial Fitness Fair in Anchorage

Twice a year, Better Business Bureaus across the country sponsor free, local shredding events called “Secure Your ID Day,” in order to bring public awareness of the risks of identity theft. One of the events will be held in Anchorage on April 18...

 

Effects of credit card and ID theft are widespread and longlasting

We hear it all the time: a big corporation suffers yet another data breach, putting thousands of consumers’ personal information at risk. Or it could be your neighbors, friends – maybe even yourself – who have had to change all their credit...

 

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