Android phones face growing malware threat

Anytime I warn people about an email phishing scam containing a dangerous link, I envision a laptop or desktop computer, but guess what? We’re all walking around with little computers in our pockets and they are not immune to viruses and other malware. I just came across a few articles talking about the growing thread […]

Scammer wants to be in your driver’s seat with Google Wallet

Looking for a car online? Beware of con artists who want to take you for a ride. Bogus vehicle sales have gone around for a while, using online classified ads to bait people with “too good to be true” prices only to steal their money. Another twist on that scam uses a false affiliation with […]

College-age adults, 6 tips to protect yourself from ID theft

Young adult, you may think older people are most vulnerable to identity theft. They’re still adapting to new technology, right? That isn’t the case. Statistics show the age group most at risk is college-age adults.If you’re a y With school, work and busy social lives, young adults often aren’t as careful as they should be […]

Crammers busted for breaking into Angry Birds games with fake anti-virus ads — Pay $1.2 million, issue refunds

What could be more annoying than a pop-up ad on your phone when you’re trying to play Angry Birds? How about a fake Android virus warning from a company that crams charges on your cell phone bill for services you didn’t agree to pay for? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just extracted a settlement from […]

Roofers show integrity in attending first-ever meeting; learn ins-and-outs of permitting in Boise

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller Summer is a critical time for roofing contractors. Bad weather, cool snaps and wind all play into completion of a roof. Not only do the elements factor in, but material delivery, local permitting, safety and employee delays weigh into the project. “The time to do roofing is in such […]

Affordable health care registration won’t come to you

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller Millie Walker, of McCall, listened twice to the answering machine message to make certain she’d gotten the information correct. “It said, ‘With the changes in the Affordable Care Act, we’re going to need to verify your Medicare account information – get a note pad and write down this file […]

Gift reward or offer-based surveys need warnings; 4 fine-print points to read

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller While trying to get access to the BBB’s YouTube site, you are invited to take a survey and win an iPhone 5, Apple iPad 2, or a $1,000 Visa Gift Card. For completing a 30-second questionnaire, I qualify for a prize. But, to get the prize, I had to […]

Beware of work-at-home independent contractor jobs; 6 tips it’s a bad idea

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller The interview with Arise Virtual Solutions was great, says Trina Pease of Boise. “I thought it was a little odd that she wanted me to set up a messenger account,” the 34-year-old said. “But I thought, maybe it was part of the test of getting the job.” Within a […]