Category Archives: Self Help

Tips for donors to avoid scam calls, crowdfunding sites

Hurricane season officially kicks off June 1, which means hurricanes, tornados, fires, and other natural disasters will be in the news. While it’s heartbreaking to see people lose their homes and businesses, it’s more appalling when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.

The FTC shared some tips for making sure your donation goes to a legitimate organization or project that will have the most impact.

1. Research the organization. Search online for the name of the organization or project, plus the word “complaint” or “scam.” Read what others say the about it. And watchdogs like BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator can also help your research. Do your homework before donating to any organization.

3. In the wake of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, be aware that donations to foreign organizations generally are not tax deductible. If tax deductions are important to you, make sure the group is established in the U.S. Check the IRS’s Tax Exempt Organization Search to see if your donation would be tax deductible. Remember that donations to individuals, like in crowdfunding sites, are not tax deductible.

Read here for more tips to avoid charity scams, particularly on crowdfunding sites.

‘Jailbroken’ streaming devices and apps are Trojan Horses for malware

‘Jailbroken’ streaming devices and apps are Trojan Horses for malware

The latest entertainment scams are just like Trojan Horses—you invite them into your home thinking they’re something awesome, but they actually mean you harm. Back in the old days (in 2017), you “just” had to worry about downloading pirated content you found on the internet because it could contain malware. Now, scammers are selling devices… Continue Reading

Personalized email scams on the rise

Personalized email scams on the rise

Gone are the days when we only needed to be wary of generic emails from unknown senders. As consumers and employees get cyber-savvy, criminals up their game by adding a personal touch to email and phone scams. Scammers are now doing more background research, getting to know more about email addresses, and working to establish… Continue Reading

Cyber security hint: Make passwords strong

Cyber security hint: Make passwords strong

In honor of National Consumer Protection Week, BendBroadband is sharing blogs about phishing scams and this one below which reminds consumers to make your passwords strong and tough to crack. The tips below were adapted from the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Online Privacy Tip Card: Make your passwords/passphrases strong You can increase the strength of… Continue Reading

Online gaming: A possible security risk

If you, or someone in your family, enjoy the super-popular online games be warned: there are real-life security risks at play in online gaming. Take Fornite — three recently discovered security bugs would have allowed hackers to access account and payment information, and also listen to chats. Even more scary? All it would have taken… Continue Reading

E-mail Scam Alert

Dear BendBroadband customers, BendBroadband has become aware of a possible e-mail scam. Customers are receiving an email with a subject line: ‘Payment Declined’ and it states it’s from ‘TDS Billing.’  If you hover over ‘TDS Billing’, it actually shows an address of dobnflorence@wildblue.net.  Within the email it states the customer’s recent payment has been declined and… Continue Reading

Social Security Number scam on the rise

The FTC is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security Number and even your money. That scam is now growing exponentially. To compare: in 2017, the FTC heard from 3,200 people about SSA imposter scams, and those people reported losing nearly… Continue Reading