Tuesday, March 7, 2017

BBB on National Consumer Protection Week, March 5 through March 11, 2017

Your Better Business Bureau is joining with government agencies to promote consumer education during National Consumer Protection Week, March 5 through March 11, 2017.
In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, BBB offers these tips to become a smarter and savvier consumer:
  1. Shred Documents. Take the time to shred documents you no longer need in order to protect yourself from identity theft. A Records Retention Schedule can be found here. Join BBB in April for our FREE Shredding Event. Learn more.
  2. Never wire money to someone you don’t know. Scammers know it’s extremely difficult to track money sent via MoneyGram or Western Union. Even if you’ve been given a check to cover the amount you’re wiring, never send money to someone you don’t know. The check could be fraudulent, leaving you liable for the money and bank fees.
  3. Connect to Wi-Fi with caution. If you are out and need to connect to Wi-Fi, your phone may alert you with options available for you to connect. Turn off the Wi-Fi auto connect feature so that your phone doesn’t automatically connect to these local hotspots leaving you vulnerable for someone to access your information.`
  1. Think before your click. Shop online through secure sites by looking for the “s” in “https”. Always confirm that the business is trustworthy before entering your credit or debit card number. Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and be extremely selective when opening attachments or clicking on links in emails.

  1. Avoid Scams. Always check out a business with BBB first. Go to bbb.org/cleveland to find a company’s BBB Business Profile. BBB also offers Scam Tracker, an interactive online tool that is used to find and report scams near you.

Throughout the week follow the hashtag #NCPW2017 for more news and tips.