Phishing at work? Watch out for these emails

Watch out for phishing emails with a professional twist. Scammers are targeting businesses with email messages that appear to be from the company’s human resources department. How the scam works: You get an email to your work account that seems to be about your benefits. It looks official — and important — so you open […]

Third place wasn’t enough for former Chubbuck resident; scam written all over it

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller Former Chubbuck resident Ben Murray wasn’t amused when he was told he’d received the “third prize” in the Senior Citizens Cash Rewards for paying his utility bills on time. Reward center CEO David Washington, speaking through a thick European accent, said one of his agents was in the area and was […]

Santa knows who’s naughty and nice, and so does BBB

Better Business Bureau sees scams all year long, but in December, scammers are out in full force, taking advantage of people’s generosity and hectic schedules. Don’t let fraud and rip-offs ruin your holiday. The Better Business Bureau has teamed up with the fraud prevention team at Western Union to fill you in on some holiday […]

Google Lottery should hit U.S. later this month; there is NO such drawing

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller On Jan 4, 2005, a lottery drawing of 300,000 Euro was being offered from ELIZABETH MOUS of GOOGLE EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL, Greece … Now, 10 years later, Elizabeth Mous, program coordinator for Google Email Lottery International, is at it again. But, the amount is 900,000 pounds. Each year millions of people receive […]

Senior Citizens League appeals for social security changes; lobbying group pushes own agenda

By Robb Hicken/BBB’s chief storyteller Increases, decreases, payment modifications, reimbursements – Whenever there is a mention of any program changes to Social Security benefits or  Medicare part A and B solicitations are sent out to the millions of seniors that may be affected. During the past three months, and most recently the “deadline” budget dealings, changes to these […]

Doing the Right Thing: Getting customer reviews – the right way

By Dale Dixon/ BBB’s Trust Evangelist Let’s face it: your potential customers are going to search your business on the internet, looking for clues about the quality of your products and services. Customer reviews are a powerful tool – especially if you have a great business and people rave about you. If your business sucks, […]

‘How’d they get my address?’ Play one bogus lottery game and you’re hooked

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller It started out easy enough, one to two lottery winning letters at a cost of anywhere between $9 and $20. “I just thought I might be able to win one of them,” says Boise resident Jeanne Spencer. “I just kept getting these letters in the mail.” Then, last month, […]

Avoid ‘online’ or phone loan offers; know the lender, terms, services and history

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller Parents, caught up in the gift-giving spirit of Christmas, could be caught off guard when a thousand bucks are flashed in front of their eyes. That’s kind of what happened to  LaJoye Noelle who received a call from a loan officer saying she’d qualified for a $1,000 online loan. “He told […]

Victims are told they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

The IRS doesn’t work this way.