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Selecting the best, safest summer camp for your child

School will be out for summer in less than two months and now is the time to start planning your summertime activities. One popular option is sending children to camp. It can help build self-confidence, teach children how to interact with their peers, teach new skills and foster independence. When choosing a camp, parents need to use the same care and common sense they would use in evaluating a…

Scammers posing as veterans in Mid Missouri

This week callers are posing as veterans in Columbia trying to scam people out of money.  

Finding a reliable lawn care company

Finding a reliable lawn care provider

Sunny spring days have many homeowners thinking about getting their lawns in shape. Some may want to get their lawn mowed while others may be considering a major landscaping project, such as a patio, deck or fence.

Whiskey Wild Saloon set to re-open, has big plans for late March

The Whiskey Wild Saloon in Columbia is open again, but not to the public just yet.

Anthem data breach leaves personal info vulnerable

Anthem data breach leaves personal information vulnerable

Scammers have been targeting some of the 80 million people who may have had patient information hacked during the Anthem data breach in an attempt to gather personal information. There are several things that consumers can do after any data breach to help protect themselves.

Scammers targeting customers to become mystery shoppers

Scammers targeting people to become mystery shoppers

The BBB of Mid-Missouri is warning of a fraud scheme involving a fictitious company called "Epic Spirit Survey Inc." The fraudsters in this scheme are mailing the victims checks from M&T Bank and the attached flier that states the following, verbatim:

Scammers breaking hearts this Valentine's Day

Scammers are the one's breaking hearts this Valentine's Day, even though it is a day to appreciate the ones you love, not lose all the money in your bank account.  

Beware of online dating scams around Valentine's Day

Ads for online dating services focus on the positive - meeting the person of your dreams and developing long-term, satisfying relationships. Unfortunately, scammers also lurk online, looking for vulnerable people who will send them money for travel, health care emergencies, etc.

Malware scams target users for money

Malicious malware can solicit money from smartphone users

Scammers are using malware to extort money from unsuspecting smartphone users. This virus, known as "ransomware," freezes up your phone until you pay to unlock it. Ransomware can be downloaded by visiting a malicious or compromised website, clicking on a malicious advertisement/link, or opening a malicious attachment via email. It can also be downloaded through a social media site such as…

Avoiding identity theft during tax season

Avoiding identity theft during tax season

Thousands of Americans are eligible to receive tax refunds in 2015, which is prime time for identity thieves. BBB is warning the public about scams they should be on the lookout for during tax season, along with some tips to consider when filing your taxes?

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