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

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

Tags: employee spotlight

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

Employee Spotlight: May 2017

Posted: 5/15/2017

Employee Spotlight: May 2017

Our Employee of the Month for May 2017 is Nicole Pitts, who is our Senior Business Practice Analyst and Editor....Read more

Tags: employee spotlight

Buying a Used Car

Posted: 5/15/2017

Buying a Used Car

There are so many things to consider when purchasing a used car. Lucky for you, Business Consumer Alliance has this helpful infographic with useful tips....Read more

Tags: used car sales, used car warrany, infographics

Should You Buy a Utility Line Protection Plan?

Posted: 5/12/2017

Should You Buy a Utility Line Protection Plan?

If you own a home or property, you may have received notices offering protection plans to help cover the cost of repairing utility lines. If your utility line fails, the cost of repairs can be costly. Protection plans are similar to a warranty and are offered by utility companies and third party vendors. They are voluntary, but can help cover the cost of making repairs if there’s an emergency. ...Read more

Tags: utilities, contract terms

Kim’s Catch: Dean Howard Properties

Posted: 5/11/2017

Kim’s Catch:  Dean Howard Properties

Dean Howard Properties (DHP) is making the rounds, offering to sell their timeshares to timeshare owners with property in Mexico. The company makes offers that are more than ideal and some owners are enticed to sign contracts with DHP. They initially claim owners will have no out-of-pocket expenses. But DHP shortly thereafter begins asking for various fees, including transfer fees, taxes, maintenance fees, etc., which quickly add up to thousands of dollars. Sadly, DHP doesn’t want to help owners...Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, scam, Dean Howard Properties, timeshares

The Hidden Costs of Free Downloads

Posted: 5/10/2017

The Hidden Costs of Free Downloads

Ads to “Watch free movies”, “Download the latest blockbusters for free”, or “Stream new releases for free” can be found all over the Internet, on mobile apps, and on social media. The appeal to click and watch may be tempting, but doing so could end up costing you....Read more

Tags: malware, movies

Licensing Fees Increase for CA Contractors

Posted: 5/10/2017

Licensing Fees Increase for CA Contractors

All California contractors should be aware that the application, licensing, registration, and renewal fees for contractors are going up as of July 1, 2017. This is the first time since 2011 that fees have been increased by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). The CSLB regulates California’s contracting industry and is funded entirely by licensing fees....Read more

Tags: contractors, fees, CSLB

Scam Watch: Lowe’s Mother’s Day Coupon is a Fake

Posted: 5/3/2017

Scam Watch:  Lowe’s Mother’s Day Coupon is a Fake

You may have seen a recent coupon circulating Facebook, offering free $50 coupons from Lowe’s for Mother’s Day. Beware, it’s a scam. Similar scams have circulated for other major retailers and restaurants such as Target, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, and Red Lobster. ...Read more

Tags: scam, gift cards, coupons