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  It’s time to hit the road, or in this case the air, for the holiday season. The Better Business Bureau has some advice aimed at helping make the flight home or to that winter vacation less chaotic.

Rule number one is: if you haven’t already booked your flight, do it now. The earlier the better, and using an online travel site could save you some money.

Word is going out from the Better Business Bureau, about a variety of Ebola related scams and problematic fundraisers recently emerging.

The BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance is working with chapters serving Dallas, where the first victim died and two nurses became infected; in Cleveland, where one of the nurses traveled before getting sick; and with several other local BBBs to investigate Ebola-related efforts.

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If you get a call from someone saying they are from the I-R-S and you owe them money...they're not and you don't. Danielle Rudd, the Communications Director for the Better Business Bureau serving Northwest Florida says that's the take home message about a series of scams going on in the region.

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  Data breaches are big news these days, including a recent incident involving Russian hackers. The Better Business Bureau has some advice about protecting your identity.

About a dozen hackers in south-central Russia called “CyberVor” (“vor” is the Russian word for “thief”) stole 1.2 billion username and password combinations, according to a report in the New York Times. James Cole, a Deputy U.S. Attorney General, says the thefts were made through a program called “Game Over Zeus.”

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Vacations, home repairs, and entertainment are some of the most popular staples of summer. But the Better Business Bureau says beware of some of the more popular summer scams.

Danielle Rudd with the BBB’s Northwest Florida office says while many are relaxing, others are hard at work on ways to separate them from their money. Vacations can be ruined by fake travel agents and bogus offers online, such as a fake timeshare rental or a falsely promised Disney vacation.

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A “one ring” phone scam is being reported across the United States. The Better Business Bureau is alerting the public to this simple—yet extremely effective—ploy that can result in unauthorized charges on wireless statements.

Here’s how it works: automated dialers blast thousands of random calls to mobile numbers obtained from public listings or from black market dealers —who hustle “sucker lists”— the call disconnects after one ring.

Looking For BCS Tickets? Be Wary Of Scams.

Dec 19, 2013

Football fans in Northwest Florida who are planning a trip to the BCS National Championship football game on January 6th are being advised to be careful with whom they deal when they purchase tickets.

Danielle Rudd with northwest Florida’s Better Business Bureau says there’s no shortage of websites, classified ads and even word-of-mouth offering tickets to see Florida State square off against Auburn in Pasadena, California. She says always do your homework before you make that purchase.

Pensacola International Airport

It’s time to hit the road  or, for some, the air  for the holiday season. The Better Business Bureau has some tips to help make the trip home or to that fall vacation less chaotic.

Danielle Rudd with the BBB’s Northwest Florida office says rule number one is: if you haven’t already booked your flight, do it now! The earlier the better, and using an online travel site could save you some money by bundling air fare, rental car and  hotel room.