• Bogus sweepstakes frequently fool folks

    The Better Business Bureau receives calls every day from consumers who thought they had won the lottery or a sweepstakes. Unfortunately, more often than not, these people are victims of a sweepstakes scam.

    Con artists use the promise of prizes and large cash winnings to steal from honest people. This is becoming extremely common on social media.

  • Interesting presidential election taking shape

    The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual media scrum of campaign coverage, prognostication and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns.

  • Data thieves target travelers using Wi-Fi

    When you travel, be careful about how you connect to the Internet.

    Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to connect.

  • When car shopping, think about flooding

    With much of the nation recently plagued by storms and flooding, it can impact car buyers across the country. Con artists are taking vehicles damaged by floods in these areas, cleaning them up and then transporting them out of state for sale.

    Don’t get caught up in these scams. The Better Business Bureau has some helpful tips for consumers looking to buy a used car.

  • That ringing in your ears might be a call to forgive

    I couldn’t understand what my 2-year-old grandson, Eli, was saying. We were at our church’s playground, and as I was pushing him on the swing, he was asking me something I couldn’t quite make out.

    Finally, I got it.

  • BBB: Credit repair industry includes shady ideas

    Your credit score is an essential part of making purchases. From buying a house to leasing a car and even when trying to get a new job, your credit score matters.

    Scammers know this and prey on people who are desperate to improve their scores. The Better Business Bureau receives numerous reports from consumers targeted by credit repair scams.

  • Before vacation, follow these credit card tips

    It’s summer vacation season. But before you go anywhere, make sure you inform your credit card company of your travel plans.

    If an account is being used in an unfamiliar spending pattern, including being used in a different state or country and charges that are not the normal spending amount, many companies will lock the account in an effort to reduce credit card fraud.

  • Encounter with an angel or curious coincidence?

    The bumper sticker had only one word on it: “Loving-kindness.”

    And as soon as I read it, I suspected someone was trying to mess with my mind, for I was in no mood for such a one word aphorism as “loving-kindness,” my patience having been tested by the distracted waitress who forgot to turn in half of my lunch order.

  • Beware of sweepstakes scams

    Scammers have given a classic lottery scam a cunning new twist. Scam artists are using the name of a real life Mega Millions winner and claiming to give you a part of his fortune.

  • BBB: Don’t let a scam ruin your vacation plans

    While planning for summer vacation, be careful not to fall victim to travel scams that could result in loss of money or possessions and even identity theft.

    Watch what you are posting on social media. Most people know not to post travel dates on Facebook before they depart, but some still might post pictures of the beach or their hotel room while they are there.