Scams & Rip-Offs

  • Alternatives that will help you avoid high ATM fees


    These days using an ATM could cost you over $4. Ways to get cash that won't cost a penny.

  • Look out for these scams on Facebook


    Facebook has become a place for scammers. Here’s what to be aware of when you're on the social media site.

  • 9 places you should never use a debit card


    Debit cards are a popular alternative to credit cards, because they only allow you to spend what you have in your checking account. In fact, 31% of holiday shoppers plan to use debit to pay for...

  • 4 ways to stay safe when using Craigslist


    Craigslist can be a great place to buy all kinds of items -- but you've got to be careful or it could cost you your life. Follow this advice to stay safe when you use Craigslist Some...

  • 5 label tricks that make you think you're eating healthy


    Time and time again I see it: Everyday shoppers want to get healthier. So they pick up something from the store that is ridiculously expensive, but no healthier than what they’ve been...

  • Is your campus taking kickbacks from banks?


    Did you know some of the giant monster mega banks have been paying massive kickbacks to universities and alumni groups for the right to push debt to students? The banks are buying lists of home...

  • Scam alert: Crowd funding sites that steal your money


    Fraudsters are using crowd funding websites to steal from you. Know who you are giving your money to before you hand it over.

  • New 'Scam Tracker' tool can help you avoid being scammed


    As scammers become more sophisticated and continue to infiltrate more areas of American life, the Better Business Bureau is helping you fight back! The BBB has launched a new tool called...

  • 3 tips to get the most value out of gift cards


    Gift cards are really popular this time of year. But when you buy one, I want to make sure you -- and your intended recipients -- are protected. Is your gift card going to be emptied before you...

  • Companies changing terms to allow themselves to spam you


    Companies are changing terms of service to permit themselves to robocall you. What to do when you see a number you don't recognize.

  • Beware of 'Secret Sister' scam on social media


    Secret Santa can be a fun way to spice up the holidays by exchanging random gifts with friends or co-workers, but officials are warning that an invitation to exchange presents with a "secret...

  • Scam alert: Phony FedEx notice


    A nasty virus that disguised as a notice from FedEx can do serious damage to your computer or smartphone.

  • Ordering from China? Buyer beware


    Clark ordered what he thought was a metal clock from a Chinese website. Here's what actually arrived...

  • Avoid common sales gimmicks


    Just because something says buy one get one free, doesn't always mean you are getting a deal.

  • Beware of cram charges on your cellphone bill


    There could be a scam lurking in your cell phone bill that's ugly yet so preventable. As more and more Americans disconnect their landlines, criminals have migrated to where the opportunity...