The past year was unprecedented for the BBB Serving Wisconsin in many ways related to statistics. All in all, we saw a large increase in many areas. Our numbers increased for complaint filing, “Get a Quote” submissions, investigations conducted, advertising review challenges, press releases sent, and media coverage.
The United States’ tax season is here, and so are the scammers. Con artists use the Social Security numbers of unsuspecting Americans to file phony tax returns and steal refunds. One way to protect this information is to use an Identity Protection PIN issued by the IRS.
A second round of stimulus checks was announced in December by the IRS for most Americans, and for many, the money has already landed in their bank accounts. For others, the wait continues as the distribution of the refunds is still taking place. BBB warns this is an ideal situation for potential scammers to take advantage of consumers.
By taking just a few practical measures, you can help make the upcoming year fraud-free for you and your family.
With the holiday season in full swing, experts believe the online trend will continue and the days of grabbing a gift card off the shelf as a last-minute option may transition as well. Before purchasing a gift card online, BBB offers tips for keeping your purchase safe.
This year has been especially rough on small businesses. This holiday season, small companies need your support to make it through these uncertain times. Here are BBB’s tips on how everyone can show small businesses some love.
Some retailers are turning to outdoor pop-up shops during the COVID-19 pandemic. These temporary storefronts allow shoppers to avoid enclosed spaces while still getting to browse in-person. Indoor pop-up shops allow landlords look to fill vacant retail space in downtown areas and suburban malls.
With the United States and Canada close to approving a COVID-19 vaccine, government officials expect scams to emerge as distribution begins. Watch out for everything from phony treatments to phishing messages.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises extreme caution when shopping for a pet online, especially in light of scammers’ evolving tactics.
Want to turn $500 into $10,000 with very little effort? Of course, you do! Scammers are taking advantage of people’s get-rich-quick dreams by promoting “money flipping” scams on social media, and BBB is seeing dozens of reports each month about these cons.