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BBB Trends: Older people are often targets of scams; here are most common, and how not to be a victim

According to the FBI, if you are age 60 or older, you are a likely target for scammers who sell fraudulent products and services by phone. Scammers know that senior citizens were raised to be polite and trusting, and often find it difficult to just say “no” or hang up the phone. Combined with the knowledge that senior citizens may have savings, own their own home and have excellent credit, these...

BBB Trends: Looking for seasonal work? It’s out there but be sure you aren’t tricked by a scammer

By Mallory Weidenbacher Better Business Bureau The holidays are an opportune time to pick up seasonal work and earn extra money for gifts. The National Retail Federation predicts that retailers could add as many as 590,000 new temporary positions this holiday season. Since scammers never take holidays off, BBB encourages you to be cautious of employment scams out in full force this time of year. How...

BBB: Put these shopping tips on your nice list for this holiday season as you plot spending strategies

By Mallory Weidenbacher Better Business Bureau Black Friday and its popular sidekick Cyber Monday mark the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. According to a Deloitte study, this year’s holiday retail spending is expected to exceed $1.1 trillion—almost $1500 per household. Mark your list, check it twice. With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, Americans are plotting their...

BBB Trends: Some Spootacular tips for Halloween so you can enjoy more treats than tricks

Shopping for Halloween should be fun — not terrifying. With so many costume and decoration ideas, it’s hard to choose what to buy, and where to buy it from. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Halloween spending for 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion, with consumers planning to spend an average of $86.27 each. According to the NRF survey, among Halloween celebrants, 69 percent...

BBB Trends: New research shows how scammers victimize consumers — and what you can do about it

Better Business Bureau New fraud research shows that people who live alone or have low financial literacy levels are more likely to lose money to fraudsters. The research also shows that the highest engagement and victimization rates involve online purchases and social media—outpacing telephone, mail and email fraud. Click image to download full report The report, “Exposed to Scams: What Separates...

BBB Trends: Protect your holiday packages from being stolen; porch pirates threaten holiday cheer

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Online shopping is a great time saver during the holiday season but the shipped packages left on the doorstep provide a great opportunity for theft. According to insurancequotes.com, 26 million Americans have had holiday packages stolen from their homes since 2015. This often happens because people aren’t home when items are delivered, allowing thieves...

BBB Trends: Unofficial start of holiday shopping season is Black Friday. Is it the day for best deal?

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau Black Friday marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, and in years past, that meant long lines at brick-and-mortar locations on the Friday after Thanksgiving. While this is still true, recent studies show that there’s a shift in the way shoppers are researching and buying: they want the best deals and are willing to buy online with a coupon...