Black America to receive billions from Biden’s BBB plan — here are the hard numbers
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Youngest adults, not grandma, most at risk for scams, BBB finds
SAN ANTONIO – If you think trusting grandmas are the typical scam targets nowadays, think again. The BBB’s Scam Tracker risk report showed a significant shift last year. The report showed the youngest adults may be tech savvy, but in 2020, they let their guard down scrolling through social media, apps and websites. As a result, more than 38% of the BBB scam reports for 2020 involved online purchases. The biggest spikes in sinister sales involved PPE and even pets as people looked for companionship.
Romance scammers stealing hearts, savings of the innocent
“Scammers are using social media, dating apps, legit dating apps and websites to reach victims,” said Jason Meza, regional director for the Better Business Bureau. Last year, the FBI said it received reports of more than 23,700 victims of romance scams. “(Scammers) say all the right things and make all the right moves,” Meza said. “A big red flag in these types of scams is people looking to build relationships quickly, moving fast and professing deep love very quickly,” Meza said. These scams can be reported to the FBI, Federal Trade Commission, and the BBB, possibly protecting someone else from a bad romance.
Don’t post a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media, BBB warns
Just make sure not to share an image of your vaccination card on social media, the Better Business Bureau says. Up your security settings on social media: Be sure to check your privacy and security settings on your social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Be wary of what you post, even if it’s trending: Sharing your vaccine photo is one of the latest trends on social media. For more information from the BBB on how to safely share your COVID-19 vaccine news on social media, click here. AdRELATED: Social media is a breeding ground for scams during COVID-19 crisis, FTC says
No, Netflix is not offering free subscriptions
SAN ANTONIO – Free Netflix for a year may sound good, but that text message offer with the link is a trick to steal your personal information, the Better Business Bureau warns. The need to chill at home created a prime-time opportunity for a tempting text message that making the rounds. Clicking on the link will not lead to free Netflix, but it may cost you because it takes you to a fake page that asks for your sensitive information. The real Netflix page warns of fake tests and emails, saying it will never ask for credit or debit card numbers, bank account information or your password. If you do click on the link, Netflix recommends you change your password to something unique to that account.
View that offer to buy early access to COVID-19 vaccine with big dose of skepticism
SAN ANTONIO – As millions anxiously await their turns for the COVID-19 vaccine, and with many frustrated by more demand than early supply, scammers are already taking advantage, federal agencies and consumer advocates warn. The BBB, along with several federal agencies are warning about emails, text messages, phone calls and social media posts offering early access to the vaccine in exchange for some sort of payment. The state of Texas has a vaccine rollout plan based on who needs the vaccine’s protection most coming first. If you receive an unsolicited offer regarding vaccine, the BBB suggests you do your research by starting with your doctor and relying on known, reliable sources. Related Stories:Texas health official explains issues that may distort how many vaccine doses are actually available31 San Antonio clinics, hospitals to get hundreds of COVID-19 vaccines this weekUniversity Health begins administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors in next phase of rollout
Impostor calls, Secret Sister Gift Exchange could scrooge your holiday
SAN ANTONIO – As holiday shoppers log on to Amazon in record numbers, scammers are stealing the moment - and maybe more. In the Amazon version, the caller says there is some sort of problem with a purchase. In the Apple version, the caller says the person’s iCloud account has been breached and they shouldn’t use any Apple device until the suspicious activity is addressed. The Secret Sister or Secret Santa Gift Exchange is another scheme making the holiday rounds on social media, one that’s illegal, the Better Business Bureau warns. “It’s a very fun pay-it-forward kind of scenario ... but the gift exchange quickly becomes something where it becomes illegal.
Social media is a breeding ground for scams during COVID-19 crisis, FTC says
SAN ANTONIO – Social media is for more than sharing pet pics and political fights. As people have been scrolling through the pandemic, scammers have been ripping them off for millions of dollars, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Reports of losses due to social media scams have more than tripled in the last year. If you see an ad on your social media feed, don’t depend on the comments for validation. To protect yourself from scammers lurking on social media, experts advise the following:
Local service company is hiring immediately for more than 30 positions
The Jon Wayne Service Company is hiring more than 30 additional employees immediately. Benefits include competitive wages, regular pay reviews, employer-paid insurance premiums, vision and dental insurance, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and 401K. To support area families and help keep the local economy moving, Jon Wayne is hiring AC technicians/installers, plumbers and electricians. "Texans are spending more time at home, resulting in their AC systems running more,” said Brandon Rackler, vice president of sales and marketing for Jon Wayne Service Company. Jon Wayne Service Company is a three-time Better Business Bureau Torch award winner.
Lured by low rates, companies issue high-grade debt at one of the fastest paces ever this week
Companies rushed to sell $69 billion in high-grade bonds this week, the second-highest weekly amount ever, according to BofA Securities. "I think this is going to be another year where issuance volumes are down," said Hans Mikkelsen, head of investment grade corporate strategy at BofA Securities. He said the rate on the ICE/Bank of America investment grade bond index is 2.87%, about the same it was at in early September. That represents the rate on corporate bonds at all investment grade rating levels that have an average 11 years before maturity. Mikkelsen expects this year's total issuance to trail last year's $1.205 trillion in investment grade debt.cnbc.com