Better Business Bureau en BBB: Don't Fall Victim to Scam Promising New iPhone 5S <p></p><p>The Better Business Bureau is warning Kentuckians to avoid falling for a new scam that targets those wanting the new Apple i-Phone.</p><p>A bogus email is being reported that tells recipients that they have won an iPhone 5S through a promotional drawing, in an effort to get the would-be victim’s personal information. Similar scams are&nbsp; appearing on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter</p><p>“It’s absolutely bogus," said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, with the Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, southern Indiana, and western Kentucky. "Apple is not giving away free i-Phones, i-Pads, or anything of the sort. The company is not holding promotional awards, or lotteries, or drawings. So beware—if you see something like that, you can report it to Facebook as a scam.”</p><p>Smith-Hamblin says while the Apple-related scams have so far been conducted through e-mail and social media, she warns a similar phone scam is also likely in the near future. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:11:12 +0000 Kevin Willis 37508 at BBB: Don't Fall Victim to Scam Promising New iPhone 5S Scam Making Rounds in Listening Area Involves "Medical Alert System" <p>Some senior citizens in our listening area have been the targets of a scam involving promises of a free medical alert system.</p><p>The Better Business Bureau office that serves Louisville, southern Indiana, and western Kentucky says the scammers tell those who pick up that someone has ordered them a free medical alert system, and that the call is intended to confirm shipping instructions.</p><p>"So then the person on the line is to told to press a button to speak to a customer service representative, and that person actually asks them for their personal information, including their credit card number for shipping fees,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, from the Better Business Bureau.</p><p>Reanna Smith-Hamblin with the Better Business Burea says it appears the scam is originating from an automated dialing system that can place thousands of calls a day. Smith-Hamblin advises anyone getting such calls to immediately hang up the phone. Tue, 28 May 2013 19:20:57 +0000 Kevin Willis 31621 at Better Business Bureau Warns Consumers about Fake Offers for Federal Grants <p>Some scam artists are using phony grant offers to get money or personal information from consumers. The Better Business Bureau of Louisville, southern Indiana and Western Kentucky says they’ve received several complaints about fake offers for free federal grants. Some consumers have been offered “free” grants for education purposes, but were later &nbsp;asked to wire a $7,000 fee.</p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 12:20:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 18790 at BBB Issues Warning about Online Car Scams <p>The Better Business Bureau is warning area consumers to beware of criminals who are hijacking online car ads.&nbsp; Some scam artists are offering to sell cars at below-market prices as part of the ploy. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:21:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 15968 at Better Business Bureau Questions "Soldier Relief Fund" <p>The Better Business Bureau says an organization identifying itself as the &quot;Soldier Relief Fund&quot; has been contacting some local businesses, asking for donations to sponsor a soldier for a one hundred dollar phone card. The consumer protection group says the founder&nbsp; of the fund was charged with fraud last year in connection with a charity scam in Indiana. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 12:35:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 15100 at BBB Warns Students about Job Scams <p>The Better Business Bureau says students seeking summer jobs should beware of newspaper or internet ads that promise extremely high pay and then tell the worker he or she must purchase expensive software or equipment for the job. Once the student sends money for the purchases, they may never hear from the company again, according BBB officials. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:10:00 +0000 Dan Modlin 13745 at Better Business Bureau Warns Donors to Check Organizations Offering Storm Relief <p>Officials with the Better Business Bureau say consumers who want to donate to help storm vicitims in the region should do a little background checking before they give money to organizations they don&#39;t recognize. Vice President of Communications Reanna Smith-Hamblin says on-line and door to door solicitations are sometimes used by con artists who are trying to steal someone&#39;s identity or get their cash.</p><p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:14:41 +0000 Dan Modlin 8613 at Better Business Bureau Warns about Consumer Repair Scams <p>In the aftermath of Wednesday&#39;s damaging storms, consumer protection specialists say picking the wrong contractor to do repair work can be very costly. The Better Business Bureau warns that home-repair rip-off artists frequently try to take advantage of storm damage situations.&nbsp; The consumer protection group says to beware of &quot;door to door&quot; solicitors who offer work at great prices. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:59:50 +0000 Dan Modlin 8359 at Better Business Bureau Warns about Consumer Repair Scams