As people try to screen unwanted phone calls, unscrupulous telemarketers and scam artists have looked for new ways to lure people to answer calls. One increasingly common technique scam artists use is to falsify or “spoof” their caller ID information with local phone numbers or information to make it look like the calls are from a nearby person or business. While the caller’s information may appear local, the calls are often placed by scam artists who are located outside the state or country.
After Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, many shoppers go online to check out Cyber Monday specials. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers expect to do almost half of their holiday shopping online this year. Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday, has grown popular among consumers in recent years, as they look to take advantage of post-holiday sales some retailers offer. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) offers their top ten tips for people looking to shop online, be it on Cyber Monday — November 30 — or throughout the busy holiday season:
“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” – Tia Walker, from “The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love”
November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the theme this year is “Respite: Care for Caregivers.” A new study by the National Alliance for Caregiving takes a look at who is caregiving in the United States, and the results were dramatic. Nearly 44 million adults in the US are providing personal assistance for family members with disabilities or other care needs. That’s more than one out of every six adults.
The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner, and some retailers have already announced at least some of their Black Friday specials. Though more and more stores are opening their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – remains one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) is offering these tips to keep in mind to help ensure a satisfactory experience to Black Friday shoppers:
Wearable technology has been around since the 1970s, although the devices were primitive. In 1984, Microsoft produced a watch called the UC-2000, which was programmable through a keypad using the BASIC language. Jump to 2002, and Microsoft created Smart Personal Object Technology (SMART), which redrew the technology playing field by integrating its smart software into everyday products.
Is wearable technology going to be around for a while?
When I was growing up my parents always wanted me to carry a dime in my pocket. If there was an emergency, I was to find a pay phone and call them. Today, dimes in the pocket are out and technology is in. Many parents initially agree to get cell phones for their children so that if there is an emergency, the child can easily call for help.
About 90 percent of seniors plan to continue living in their own homes for the next five to 10 years, according to an AARP survey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define “aging in place” as being able to live in one’s home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. If you or a loved one are in retirement now or planning for the future, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants recommends addressing these questions to make independent living a more workable reality.
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude” – Congressman Jeff Miller
This quote from Congressman Miller gets at the heart of why showing our respect and gratitude to veterans is so important. America was built on the concept of freedom and that spirit continues to inspire all of us, and is one of the few things that brings us together. Veterans Day and the days surrounding it present a good opportunity to think about what it means to be an American, and to thank the millions of men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country.
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is once again noting an uptick in reports of the "Tech Support" scam. Generally, this scheme is perpetrated over the phone: homeowners or business owners receive calls from 'technicians' saying there's a problem with their computer. But these supposed experts are only interested in collecting credit card information or gaining remote access to users’ computers. A newer wrinkle to this scheme involves pop-up messages telling people their computer has been infected by a virus and they need to call the number on their screen for assistance.