Monthly Archives: June 2020

What do COVID-19 scams look like in Oregon

We’ve been telling you about the scams related to COVID-19. But now we can tell you even more about the scams happening in your neck of the woods. Just today, the FTC released state-specific data on COVID-19-related issues, which you can check out with just a few clicks of your mouse. With user-friendly features, the FTC’s data dashboard lets you click on your state to see what people near you have been reporting. And see how people across the country are being affected, too.

Since January 1, people across the U.S. have made 91,808 COVID-19-related reports to the FTC. Most of these reports involve online shopping, with travel and vacations coming in second. The online shopping reports are mostly about people ordering products that never arrive, while most of the travel and vacation reports relate to refunds and cancellations. So far, people have reported losing $59.27 million on these and other COVID-related fraud reports.

So how have COVID-19-related consumer issues affected your state? Click here to check out how Oregon has been affected. Then tell your family, friends, and community what to look out for, and how to protect themselves.

We’re excited to share our data with you — but it’s only as good as what we hear from you. If we don’t know about the issue, we can’t work to stop it. If you’ve experienced or heard about scams of any kind, please tell us at ftc.gov/complaint.

Information provided by Paul Witt
Lead Data Analyst, FTC

BendBroadband sponsors EDCO video series

The Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) organization has started a video series titled, “Good News, Too,” which highlights local businesses across the Central Oregon region that are pivoting, expanding, providing community support, hiring displaced workers, and more. The most current video is about Oregon Spirit Distillers, one of only four distilleries in the state certified to mass produce… Continue Reading

Week-long Starz free preview!

You’re getting a whole week to enjoy all of the amazing shows and movies Starz has to offer! Your free preview starts on Monday, June 15 and it doesn’t end until Sunday, June 21. During the preview, you’ll get a taste of all the great things you can watch on all 13 Starz and StarzEncore… Continue Reading

BendBroadband launches Hacker Alert

BendBroadband, a TDS company, announces a new tool for added internet security Bend, Ore. (June 4, 2020) – BendBroadband® has launched a new security tool that resides on the network, analyzing internet traffic for security threats that anti-virus software may miss. Hacker Alert provides an additional layer of protection for customers’ home network by identifying… Continue Reading

Father’s Day gift ideas

Father’s Day is right around the corner. With the impact of COVID-19, you may have to get creative when it comes to gift ideas. Here are some solid gifts to celebrate Father’s Day! Clcker Universal Phone Stand Grip This works great for FaceTiming loved ones and watching videos Life is Good T-Shirts Life is Good… Continue Reading

Distance yourself from eye strain

Many of us are no strangers to staring at screens for hours on end at work. Having your work space be at home may only be increasing this amount of time—after all, it’s harder to get away and, with COVID-19, many of us are turning to recreational screen time to pass the time while social distancing.… Continue Reading