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Digital Wallet Scams

Your Moment of Trust

Release Date: 05/18/2020

Online MVD Services show art Online MVD Services

Your Moment of Trust

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, State Department Motor Vehicle Divisions (MVD’s) across the U.S. and Canada have expanded their online services. Beware of scam artists luring unsuspecting victims into identity theft schemes. If you are notified digitally by what appears to be the MVD, be sure that any links redirect you to a legitimate state sponsored website. If in doubt, contact the local MVD in your area. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit , or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657 Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for sponsoring ‘Your Moment of...

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Tips For Buying Furniture Online show art Tips For Buying Furniture Online

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During the COVID-19 Pandemic, online home furnishing purchases have nearly doubled. Meanwhile, the online sale of outdoor furniture has increased more than 400 percent! In the modern age, online purchases are increasingly commonplace, making shopping that much more convenient. The convenience of online shopping makes it very easy for the consumer to fill up the shopping cart and run up the bill. In today’s episode of ‘Your Moment of Trust’, we provide some online shopping tips when it comes to buying furniture online. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit , or call BBB of...

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Phony Online 'Going-Out-of-Business' Sales show art Phony Online 'Going-Out-of-Business' Sales

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Small businesses are having a difficult time meeting sales goals since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales goals for businesses mean deals for customers – but eager customers beware not to fall trap to a scam. The BBB scam tracker is reporting increased instances of phony ‘going out of business’ online sales. In some instances customers are reporting not receiving a purchased item at all, receiving a different item than the one purchased, or just receiving a poor-quality item, different than the one ordered. Be advised when shopping online to look for suspicious websites, do not...

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2020 Election Scams show art 2020 Election Scams

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Between the advertisements and the current political climate, the 2020 election is hard to ignore! But honest voters and citizens are not the only ones paying attention. Scammers are luring unsuspecting voters to donate money to a favorite candidate. You could receive a phone call from a scammer who wants to trick you into sending money. Be smart and aware during this year’s election, and be especially careful to whom you send money. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit , or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657 Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for sponsoring...

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Scams that Target Students show art Scams that Target Students

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It is that time of year again where students are getting their school supplies together at the start of the fall semester. Scammers are targeting students in an attempt to steal funds from unsuspecting victims. Even if you are a college student not physically on campus due to COVID-19, scammers can still find you remotely. Beware of fraudulent emails claiming that you owe money to the university or that you need to claim a government stimulus check through the university's online portal. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit , or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657...

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Virtual Credit Cards show art Virtual Credit Cards

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Data Breaches are unfortunately common place. If you are apprehensive to make purchases online or over the phone because you don’t want to provide your credit card information, virtual credit cards add a layer of personal identity protection. Virtual Credit cards allow consumers to create unique card numbers, security codes, and expiration dates that are unique to one particular transaction or valid over a set period of time. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit , or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657 Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for sponsoring ‘Your...

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A Spin on Classic Pyramid Schemes show art A Spin on Classic Pyramid Schemes

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COVID-19 pandemic is sending social-economic ripples across the country. People are perhaps more desperate than ever to make a quick dollar. However, be informed that there are a variety of schemes out there that require an initial investment and promise a high return. Scammers often lure their unsuspecting victims by making false promises over high return rates on investments. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit , or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657 Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repair for sponsoring ‘Your Moment of Trust’. If you are in the Santa Barbara...

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Synthetic Identity Theft show art Synthetic Identity Theft

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Identity theft is an ever evolving crime. As fraud protection experts learn the latest schemes that criminals are arranging, fraudsters simply modify their methods to make their crimes more difficult to detect. Identity thieves now combine information from multiple individuals to create a false identity. This technique is called synthetic identity theft. This fraud is so hard to detect, you could be an unassuming victim! A special thanks to Ayers Automotive in Santa Barbara for sponsoring our show. Thank you to Meathead Movers in Santa Barbara for being our community partner. To report or...

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Phony Pandemic Relief show art Phony Pandemic Relief

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, various government agencies are providing funding to help with pandemic relief. In these times, scammers are posing as government agencies to offer relief to individuals in need. Often scammers will pose as a government affiliated agency and contact people asking for sensitive personal information. Remember, never give sensitive personal information over the phone.  A special thanks to Ayers Automotive in Santa Barbara for sponsoring our show and gratitude to Meathead Movers, one of our community partners in Santa Barbara. To report or investigate a...

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Mystery Mail and Strange Seed Packets show art Mystery Mail and Strange Seed Packets

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Many people are receiving strange packages in the mail from China that contain unmarked seed packets or miscellaneous items that were not ordered. If you receive such unwarranted packages in the mail, DO NOT PLANT THE SEEDS, and report your package to your local APHIS department.  A special thanks to Ayers Automotive in Santa Barbara for sponsoring our show and gratitude to Meathead Movers, one of our community partners in Santa Barbara. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit , or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657

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If you use Venmo or another digital wallet, such as Zelle or Apple Pay - be aware of this con. If someone you do not know sends you money, watch out! It may not be an honest mistake. Scammers are taking advantage of digital wallet systems to take your money. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit Scam Tracker, or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657.