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Watch Out For Lottery Scams!

Your Moment of Trust

Release Date: 06/18/2020

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Tips from s on how to choose a professional organizer.  A BIG thank you to for sponsoring this podcast.  Subscribe today!  

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BBB of the Tri-Counties celebrates Small Business Week with the Small Business Administration.  It honors the perseverance, strength and perseverance of small businesses and encourages consumers to give them their loyalty.  #smallbusinessweek

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Timely tips from on how to keep your family safe from cyber criminals.  A HUGE THANK YOU to in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this important podcast.  Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a single episode!

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Scam artists are opportunistic and often pretend to be raising funds for legitimate causes and charities, while really keeping the money for themselves.  In this episode, gives tips on how to determine if a charity or cause is reputable.  A BIG thank you for sponsoring the podcast.  

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Con-artists are reaching out to pet-sitters and after some friendly banter, offer a great paying pet-sitting job.  They send a check for over the amount, asking the unsuspecting pet-sitter to use the extra money to purchase supplies.  When the bogus check bounces, the pet-lover is out for the money they paid for the supplies--and for the bounced check!  Be sure to check out other employment scams on bbb.org/scamtracker.  Your Moment of Trust is brought to you by and sponsored by

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warns us that as the eviction moratorium comes to an end, con-artists are getting ready to take advantage of those who are in need of money by offering phony loans, expensive credit-repair services and fake government programs.  Don't get fooled!  Listen to this important episode and subscribe today so you don't miss a single episode.  A special thanks to in Santa Barbara, for sponsoring this podcast.  

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QR codes are growing in popularity but con-artists are using them to hide malicious links.    Don't miss this important warning from A special thank you to for sponsoring this podcast.  

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shares tips on how to choose the right equipment for your upcoming camping adventure.  Learn how to pick the right tent, sleeping bag, camp kitchen and more!  They also remind you to be cautious when purchasing online and to check descriptions, reviews and return policies carefully!  

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Be aware of marketing claims related to pyramid and ponzi schemes. You may be invited to a party where someone is selling various products such as vitamins and kitchen materials. If you get involved in purchasing or selling products through marketing schemes, make sure you know the terms and conditions of your business deal.  Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs for giving us this week’s automotive tip of the week! Remember to check your brakes regularly! Consider joining Ayers Repairs Car Care Club, for just $199, you can get over $680 worth of auto repair services. Thank you to Ayers...

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‘Curbstoning’ involves a commercial vehicle dealer pretending to be a private seller to avoid taxes and mandated consumer protection laws. This practice is called ‘Curbstoning’ because often the sale is conducted in a parking lot, or with the car parked curbside on the street. ‘Curbstoners’ often post their for-sale advertisements on public forums like Facebook or Craigslist. Listen to this episode for tips provided by the BBB to avoid being scammed or ripped off. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs for giving us this week’s automotive tip of the week! The flashing TPMS light...

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is issuing a warning after an elderly man from San Jose recently lost $45,000 to a lottery scam. The scam was first reported by mail to the BBB in upstate New York. The BBB was rather surprised when the victim of the scam reported that the scammers claimed to be BBB employees. The scammers claimed that the man won a prize from the mega lottery. The real BBB found out about the scam when the victim wrote to the BBB, thinking that he was going to claim his prize. Surprisingly, the scammers continued to write the man in an attempt to collect an additional large sum of money. Scammers in this context will use emails, letters, or phone calls to claim that you won a cash prize. But rest assured that if you have to pay money to collect money, it is probably a scam! To report or investigate a potential scam, visit Scam Tracker, or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657.