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Don't Click that Survey Link!

Your Moment of Trust

Release Date: 04/06/2021

Teach your Kids to Avoid Cyber Criminals Online show art Teach your Kids to Avoid Cyber Criminals Online

Your Moment of Trust

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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How to Be Sure You're Giving to a Legitimate Cause show art How to Be Sure You're Giving to a Legitimate Cause

Your Moment of Trust

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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Don't Fall for a Phony Pet Sitting Job! show art Don't Fall for a Phony Pet Sitting Job!

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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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Your Moment of Trust

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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A Warning about QR Codes from BBB of the Tri-Counties show art A Warning about QR Codes from BBB of the Tri-Counties

Your Moment of Trust

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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Tips for Choosing & Purchasing Camping Gear  show art Tips for Choosing & Purchasing Camping Gear

Your Moment of Trust

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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Your Moment of Trust

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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Resolving Customer Service Issues show art Resolving Customer Service Issues

Your Moment of Trust

Listen to tips in this week’s episode about the BBB’s code of advertising. Businesses are required to make honest advertisements and special offers. If you feel like you need to file a complaint with a business, usually you can handle the issue with the business’s customer service department. The BBB represents both the business and the consumer as a third party mediator. To report or investigate a potential scam, visit Scam Tracker, or call BBB of the Tri-Counties at 805-963-8657. Thank you to Meathead Movers in Santa Barbara for being our community partner. If you are in need of a...

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Watch Out for Travel Scams! show art Watch Out for Travel Scams!

Your Moment of Trust

Thinking about traveling soon? A recent survey found that about 23% of travelers are misled by special offers when booking services like airfare and hotels online. Approximately 55 million online hotel bookings are effected by fraudulent bookings and call centers. Listen to this week’s episode for travel tips, provided by the BBB, to ensure that your trip is set before you arrive at your destination. Thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs for giving us this week’s automotive tip of the week! Back when gas stations offered full service, fluids and tire pressure were checked when you got your...

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A phony survey, which pretends to be from Pfizer, is circulating.  It offers prizes for people who answer a few questions and asks for your credit card information for shipping charges.  Then, your card is charged many times over!  Don't fall for this scam--whether it looks like it's coming from Pfizer or anyone else.  Be wary of texts or emails which you didn't sign up to receive.  Get more tips in this episode from the Better Business Bureau of the Tri-Counties or call 805-967-8357.