5 Deceptive Scams Small Businesses Should Be Aware Of
5 Deceptive Scams Small Businesses Should Be Aware Of

Posted: 5/6/2015

Small to medium-sized businesses, churches, and nonprofit businesses have been hit hard by unscrupulous scammers perpetrating various scams. Some common schemes that affect small businesses are office supply scams, domain registration plots, fake check tricks, charity cons, and directory listing scams. Business Consumer Alliance urges businesses and their employees to be on the lookout for scams and offers some identifying warning signs that can help you avoid them....Read more

Tags: scams, business tips, consumer tips

New Protections for Prepaid Account Users

Posted: 1/13/2017

New Protections for Prepaid Account Users

With so many consumers already a part of the prepaid account market, and many more projected to be using these financial products in the future, new protections will go into effect late 2017 to protect prepaid account users. Check out a breakdown of what is to come....Read more

Tags: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, prepaid debit card, new laws

Scammers Prey On Disabled

Posted: 1/11/2017

Scammers Prey On Disabled

Disability applicants should be on the lookout for phishing scams designed to get their personal information. Scammers, pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or claiming to help applicants apply for benefits, have stolen personal information from victims that trust these con artists....Read more

Tags: disability, scams, Social Security Administration

Got a Bad Review? Learn How the Consumer Review Fairness Act Affects Businesses

Posted: 1/10/2017

Got a Bad Review?  Learn How the Consumer Review Fairness Act Affects Businesses

On December 14, 2016, President Obama signed into law the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016”. This law makes it more difficult for businesses to sue consumers over negative reviews....Read more

Tags: new laws, reviews

Kim’s Catch: RushCard

Posted: 1/9/2017

Kim’s Catch:  RushCard

RushCard, owned by UniRush LLC, and one of the many businesses operated by music/entertainment mogul Russell Simmons, has received plenty of backlash from customers as of late. Distraught consumers have turned to Business Consumer Alliance to beg for help getting access to their funds...Read more

Tags: prepaid debit card, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kim's Catch

California Businesses Must Comply with All Gender Bathroom Laws

Posted: 1/5/2017

California Businesses Must Comply with All Gender Bathroom Laws

Assembly Bill 1732, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2016, becomes effective March 1, 2017. California employers will need to comply with this legislation that requires all single-occupancy bathrooms to be identified as “all gender” and available to all persons, regardless of gender or gender-identity....Read more

Tags: new laws, employment law

Help for Consumers Harmed by Coalicion Latinoamericana Internacional Immigration Scam

Posted: 12/27/2016

Help for Consumers Harmed by Coalicion Latinoamericana Internacional Immigration Scam

On December 12, 2016, Oswaldo Rafael Cabrera, the owner of the company Coalicion Latinoamericana Internacional, was arrested. He faces felony charges filed by the California Attorney General for allegedly defrauding migrant clients....Read more

Tags: immigration, fraudulent business, attorney

Last Chance to Apply for Making Home Affordable Programs

Posted: 12/21/2016

Last Chance to Apply for Making Home Affordable Programs

Struggling homeowners may qualify for help under federal Making Home Affordable programs, but the deadline to apply is fast approaching. The last day to apply for assistance is December 30, 2016. If you’re behind on payments and need assistance, you may qualify for this program that can help save your home....Read more

Tags: foreclosure relief, Making Home Affordable Program

Employee Spotlight: December 2016

Posted: 12/9/2016

Employee Spotlight: December 2016

Business Consumer Alliance's Employee of the Month for December is Greg Cummings. Greg is one of our retention representatives. Get to know Greg and find out about his many hobbies and interests by reading our Employee Spotlight piece!...Read more

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Protect Your Home Devices from Cyber Attacks with a Simple Task

Posted: 12/5/2016

Protect Your Home Devices from Cyber Attacks with a Simple Task

In today’s world, security breaches and cyber attacks have become commonplace occurrences, with a new story seeming to pop up all the time. Recently popular websites such as Twitter, Paypal, Spotify, Reddit, New York Times, CNN, Mashable and more were shut down by cyber criminals who launched an attack on an Internet Infrastructure company in New Hampshire named Dyn that counts these companies as customers....Read more

Tags: internet of things, security, password

Happy Holidays to Our Members

Posted: 12/2/2016

Happy Holidays to Our Members

As we prepare for the holiday festivities, we think about all of the things we are grateful for. Our relationship with you is one thing we treasure and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to help your business grow....Read more

Tags: Happy Holidays

Consumer Alert: More Online Retailers Not Delivering

Posted: 11/30/2016

Consumer Alert:  More Online Retailers Not Delivering

Business Consumer Alliance recently warned consumers about some online retailers that appear to be taking customers’ funds and not delivering. Well there are unfortunately a few more to add to the list. ...Read more

Tags: delivery issues, out of business, OnLine Store

BCA Scam Watch: Fan Authentics Fails to Deliver

Posted: 11/18/2016

BCA Scam Watch:  Fan Authentics Fails to Deliver

Authentics, or Fan Authentics, an online retailer that sells official sports fan gear, has landed itself on Business Consumer Alliance’s Scam Watch list for failing to deliver the goods. The company’s website advertises unique sports apparel and memorabilia and claims to go above and beyond to over-deliver. The problem is that for several customers, they aren’t delivering at all....Read more

Tags: scam watch, sports