Idaho Falls Power will never knock on ‘Your’ door

By Robb Hicken/BBB’s chief storyteller It shook her so badly that Idaho Falls resident Gwen Stephens had to pause, collect her thoughts, and then call Idaho Falls Power. Lori Stanger,City of Idaho Falls Credit Office, says the city has received three calls in the past three days concerning someone trying to collect on the electric […]

Free grants are really a phishing scam

It’s back! According to BBB Scam Tracker, many people are seeing the “government grants” scam again. It’s a classic con where scammers pretend to offer victims “free grant” money, but they are really after bank account information. How the Scam Works: You get a phone call, get an email, or spot a post on social media. No matter the […]

Become the 5-Hour Business – KBOI/NNU Business Breakfast

Better Business Bureau President/CEO Dale Dixon won’t leave you scratching your head. Scam artists are siphoning thousands of dollars out of Idaho. Hear the real stories of people falling victim and learn how to protect you, your employees, your business and customers from thieving scammers. He delivered this speech at KBOI/NNU Business Breakfast on March […]

Free Harley-Davidson offer rumbles through area classifieds

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller An advertisement placed in a weekly newspaper in the Treasure Valley suggested the motorcycle would be free. Normally, the cycle — a 1998 Harley-Davidson FLSTS Heritage Springer Softail — would sell for about $13,500 at a reputable dealership, the ad said. But a Jeffrey Shaw of Chicago was offering […]

Fake government emails have arrest warrant attached; watch out for malware

Don’t let this email scam scare you into downloading a malware-infected attachment. The Federal Trade Commission is warning about fake emails that claim to be from the made-up “Bureau of Defaulters,” with an attached “arrest warrant” that is really malware. How the Scam Works: You get an email that appears to come from a government agency called […]

BBB participates in Military Saves Week

Operation Financial Freedom went off at Gowen Field Air Force Base on Feb. 25, 2015. With Ms. Holly Petraeus, assistant director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who heads up the Office of Service Members Affairs delivering the keynote address, 14 vendor booths provided education materials to military personnel and their families. The direct approach to […]