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

Kim’s Catch: Helping America Group

Posted: 7/12/2017

Kim’s Catch:  Helping America Group

When you’re drowning in debt, a call from someone offering to reduce the amount you owe or eliminate it altogether could sound like a lifesaver. However, far too often the people behind these debt relief services oversell and under deliver....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, scam, debt relief

Blow the Whistle on IRS Scam Callers

Posted: 7/10/2017

Blow the Whistle on IRS Scam Callers

Dealing with taxes can be a taxing experience. Just hearing the words “Internal Revenue Service” can cause anxiety and fear. For some that fear becomes real when dealing with IRS scammers. Imagine getting a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, saying you owe the IRS and if you don’t pay immediately you will be arrested or face some other punishment....Read more

Tags: IRS, scams

Does Amazon Owe You A Refund?

Posted: 7/6/2017

Does Amazon Owe You A Refund?

In April 2017, Amazon agreed to end litigation with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stemming from a complaint filed in July 2014 regarding allegations that they unlawfully billed parents and other account holders millions of dollars for in-app charges without their consent. As a result of the agreement, a refund program was begun....Read more

Tags: refund, Amazon, mobile apps

The Road to Homeownership

Posted: 7/3/2017

The Road to Homeownership

There are so many elements to think about when considering home ownership. If taking this step is something you are set upon doing, there are some important things to think about before you go house hunting. Here are a few things to contemplate and get you started on your journey toward being a homeowner....Read more

Tags: mortgage loans, HUD, homeowners insurance

Employee Spotlight: July 2017

Posted: 7/1/2017

Employee Spotlight: July 2017

Business Consumer Alliance’s Employee of the Month for July is Salome Arostegui. Salome is part of our Membership Sales team and has been with our organization since July 2016. ...Read more

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Tobacco Settlement Claim Blows Smoke

Posted: 6/28/2017

Tobacco Settlement Claim Blows Smoke

An online scam is making the rounds alleging that people can claim money from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The false ads assert consumers can receive tax-free monthly payments of $2,300 from the government through a special program. In order to claim the money, consumers are prompted to pay up to $129 for a recurring subscription that will provide further details on how to receive the payout. This is nothing but a huge scam....Read more

Tags: scam, refund

Medicare Cards Are Getting an Update

Posted: 6/26/2017

Medicare Cards Are Getting an Update

If you are a Medicare recipient, be on notice that your card is getting a new look. The U.S. Government announced that by April 2019, Social Security numbers will be removed from the card. The new cards will display a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking your eligibility and claim status...Read more

Tags: Medicare, identity theft

Department Of Education Urged to Act on Behalf of Distressed Students

Posted: 6/21/2017

Department Of Education Urged to Act on Behalf of Distressed Students

Approximately 27,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges have been approved to have their student loans forgiven, but have yet to see their loans discharged. In April 2015, Corinthian Colleges shut down several of its campuses. This left thousands of students wondering how to deal with their student loans and their outstanding debts....Read more

Tags: student loan, Corinthian Colleges

Family Emergency Scams

Posted: 6/14/2017

Family Emergency Scams

Imagine getting a call from a loved one saying they have been in an accident or detained by the police and need your help. They tell you they need you to wire money right away to get out of a bind. Feelings of panic, despair, and the need to do whatever it takes to help that person takes over. But better beware—you may be dealing with a scammer....Read more

Tags: scam, Grandparent Scam

Leighton Ward Arrested—Facing Felony Fraud Charges

Posted: 6/9/2017

Leighton Ward Arrested—Facing Felony Fraud Charges

Leighton Lionel Ward, manager and operator of The Advocacy for Consumer Rights (TAFCR) was arrested May 4, 2017, on allegations of fraud. Ironically, Ward solicits distressed home owners offering to file lawsuits against their mortgage company for contract fraud. Charging thousands of dollars up-front, Ward and TAFCR agreed to get mortgage holders out of their contracts and obtain refunds for the clients based on the language of the mortgage contracts....Read more

Tags: fraud, Mortgage, contract, Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule (MARS)

Employee Spotlight: June 2017

Posted: 6/9/2017

Employee Spotlight: June 2017

Our Employee of the Month for June 2017 is Raychel Parris, who is a member of our Customer Service team....Read more

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Imposter Scam Targeting Spanish Speaking Community Shut Down

Posted: 5/16/2017

Imposter Scam Targeting Spanish Speaking Community Shut Down

The Federal Trade Commission obtained an Order to shut down California-based companies, ABC Hispana, Inc. and ISB Latino, Inc. from engaging in imposter scams that primarily targeted Spanish speaking individuals. The operation used telemarketers in Peru to solicit consumers and sell instructional materials, primarily the English-6 language learning products “Ingles Sin Barreras” and “Ingles Sin Fronteras” and tablets. The companies apparently misrepresented their products....Read more

Tags: scam, telephone scams, telemarketers