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Your Moment of Trust

Release Date: 09/10/2022

BBB Warns Consumers about Delivery Scams show art BBB Warns Consumers about Delivery Scams

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A Warning from BBB of the Tri-Counties ( ) Welcome to this week’s edition of Your Moment of Trust! Some consumers have recently been getting text messages stating a major delivery carrier needs them to"update delivery preferences" on a package by clicking on a link. The problem? The text is a scam, and the link results in the theft of personal information. Most consumers love the convenience of making purchases online and having them shipped straight to their doorstep. But with millions of packages delivered each year, con artists and thieves have developed many ways to steal from...

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Advent Calendars are BIG Business:  Tips to Getting your Money's Worth show art Advent Calendars are BIG Business: Tips to Getting your Money's Worth

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A Podcast by BBB of the Tri-Counties; https://www.bbb.org/local-bbb/bbb-of-the-tri-counties Advent calendars have become a fixture of the holiday season. Once a religious tradition for children, these calendars are now big business. They are targeted at all ages and contain anything from luxury beauty products to Lego sets to a variety of wines. With so many options, some costing hundreds of dollars, in this episode BBB gives tips on what you should know before purchasing one? A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast. https://www.ayersrepairs.com...

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BBB's Scam Tracker Tool is Even Better! show art BBB's Scam Tracker Tool is Even Better!

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podcast: The BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust (BBB Institute) is partnering with Amazon and Capital One to help people learn about scams, report them, and avoid losing money and/or personal information by enhancing the capabilities of the BBB Scam Tracker online reporting tool. The new features make it easier for consumers to identify scams and report them while arming partners with more robust data on scammers to better protect consumers. A BIG thank you to in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast.    

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How to Spot Fake Gaming Apps--a Warning from the Better Business Bureau! show art How to Spot Fake Gaming Apps--a Warning from the Better Business Bureau!

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A Podcast by Fake gaming app ads have become rampant in recent years. They may feature videos that have little (or nothing) to do with the actual gameplay. Or make misleading claims like, "If you score 400, you can go to Disneyland." Game manufacturers run these ads because that's what gets clicks and downloads. But the practice has resulted in many frustrated gamers, who don't realize they were misled until after they d ownload the app, set up an account, and start playing. Until we have rules against these misleading ads, it's up to consumers themselves to evaluate whether they should...

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Holiday Shopping Tips:  Shop SAFE, Shop SMART show art Holiday Shopping Tips: Shop SAFE, Shop SMART

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BBB of the Tri-Counties Podcast, Your Moment of Trust: Welcome to this week’s edition of Your Moment of Trust! The 2022 holiday shopping season promises to be an unpredictable one. High inflation rates and increased prices of consumer goods are already throwing a wrench into holiday shopping. Electronics, toys, and other products will be (or already are) in short supply, and retailers are struggling to staff up as the shopping season nears. Just like in 2021, people are planning to start their holiday shopping early. Watch out for deals well before Black Friday sales. Retailers are also...

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How to Celebrate Halloween on a Budget show art How to Celebrate Halloween on a Budget

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A Podcast by Consumers are gearing up to celebrate Halloween. The National Retail Federation expects people will spend $10.6 billion, up from $10.1 billion in 2021. Among Halloween celebrants, 67 percent plan to buy candy, 51 percent plan to purchase decorations, and 47 percent will get costumes. Those numbers can seem daunting for a single day, especially when watching thefamily budget. However, there are ways to keep the fun stylish and on budget. In this episode, Better Business Bureau recommends tips to celebrate Halloween on a Budget! A BIG thank you to in Santa Barbara, for sponsoring...

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This episode by reports about various scam types perpetrated online So far in 2022, scams perpetrated online are more prevalent (55%) than other delivery methods, with a higher percentage of people losing money when targeted (75%). When breaking out scams perpetrated via phone with a monetary loss, scams perpetrated via text message rose from 11% in 2015 to 30% in 2022. Scams perpetrated via text had a median dollar loss of $800 in 2022, higher than other reported means of contact. Text messaging was the most reported offline method used to push people online. “Carrots” appear to be...

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Don't Believe your Eyes & Ears!  Deepfake Videos are on the Rise! show art Don't Believe your Eyes & Ears! Deepfake Videos are on the Rise!

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New technology makes it nearly impossible to tell fake video or audio clips from real ones. Now, as the software used to create these “deepfakes” becomes more widespread, scammers are using it to steal money and sensitive information. What is a deepfake? Deepfakes use artificial intelligence technology to create a seemingly real video or audio clip that mimics a person’s face, voice, or both. This kind of synthetic content is often used to spread misinformation by impersonating politicians and celebrities on social media. However, that’s not the only use. Scammers are currently using...

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Beware of Solar Panel Scams! show art Beware of Solar Panel Scams!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Your Moment of Trust. If you want solar panels, be very careful when evaluating installation offers. Con artists use misleading sales tactics and outright lies to trick homeowners out of money and personal information. If you've received an offer for "free solar panels," it's likely a scam. In this episode, you'll learn what you should watch out for. A BIG thank you to in Santa Barbara for sponsoring this podcast.

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How to Find a Contractor when They're in Short Supply show art How to Find a Contractor when They're in Short Supply

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Brought to you by Welcome to this week’s Your Moment of Trust! Even before the pandemic, the United States had a shortage of qualified contractors. Canada also faced a similar situation. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues have made hiring for home remodel and repair projects even harder - and it's likely to get worse. What's a homeowner to do? In this episode, BBB shares tips to help you find a contractor for your home improvement project. A BIG thank you to CA for sponsoring this podcast.

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Older adults are often targeted by con artists. Many victims don’t ask for help until it is too late! Help your friends, family, clients, or patients avoid fraud by knowing the signs of current or impending fraud. Brought to you by BBB of the Tri-Counties and sponsored by Ayers Automotive Repair.