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Be on the lookout for phony treatments and phishing messages, according to the Better Business Bureau, as scammers look to take advantage of pandemic angst and the public’s desire to get vaccinated.

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Scammers are taking advantage of consumers seeking hard-to-find items like masks and gloves, according to the Better Business Bureau. (KlausHausmann / Pixabay)

With consumers seeking personal protective equipment and companionship amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Better Business Bureau is reporting a surge in scams for fake masks, gloves and even puppies.

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Another day, another data breach. This time, Capital One admits that more than 100 million of its credit card users have had their personal data hacked.

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Flooding in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood on April 18, 2013. (Center for Neighborhood Technology / Flickr)

With conditions perfect for flooding, the Better Business Bureau’s Chicago division is urging area residents to take precautions when hiring contractors to address flooding-related damages. 

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CTA trains move along snow-covered tracks Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato)

As extreme cold sets in, be on the lookout for scams involving driveway shoveling, furnace inspections and utility bills, the Better Business Bureau says. 

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The holidays are a popular season to bring home a pet, but that impulse can leave consumers vulnerable to a growing number of online scams, according to an alert issued this week by the Better Business Bureau.

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Consumer watchdogs are warning residents across Chicago and beyond to be on the lookout for lottery scams that cost residents tens of millions of dollars in the last year alone.

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Online dating scams have cost victims in the U.S. and Canada nearly $1 billion over the past three years, according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau. And hundreds of these reports have come from the greater Chicago area.

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More than a dozen malicious card-reading devices have recently been found throughout the city, according to the Chicago Police Department.

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A Chicago-area man who wanted to buy a dog for his daughter nearly fell victim to a West African-based scheme targeting thousands of hopeful pet owners. What the Better Business Bureau is saying about the scam.

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The Better Business Bureau has reported hundreds of incidents of fraudulent smartphone apps designed to look like the real thing. Learn how to protect yourself against these holiday scammers.

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As the school year approaches, the Internal Revenue Service has warned of a telephone scam targeting students.