A sponsored section for the Better Business Bureau in Omaha serving a five-state area

The Better Business Bureau serving Nebraska, South Dakota, the Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa has been working with an alliance of four other BBBs — St. Louis, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco — in analyzing and reporting on some of the most pervasive fraud issues impacting U.S. consumers.

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BBB’s Integrity Awards have become a symbol of an organization’s dedication to honesty and integrity toward its customers, employees, vendors, shareholders and community. The awards are designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but also the willingness and efforts made by outstanding organizations to ensure that our marketplace remains fair and honorable.

It’s not a matter of if your identity will be targeted by a scammer, but when. Be prepared. These free programs presented by the BBB Foundation and AARP Nebraska will cover identity theft, data breaches and cybersecurity/privacy. Eva Velasquez, president of the Identity Theft Resource Center, will be the presenter. The program includes a Q&A and refreshments.

In 2015, the BBB Scam Tracker was launched to provide consumers across North America with a place to report scams and fraud and to warn others of malicious or suspicious activities. All 112 BBBs in the United States and Canada have been collecting information from consumers and processing data, which is shared with law enforcement agencies for use in identifying and prosecuting scammers.