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

Tax Refund Scam Alert

Posted: 4/17/2018

Tax Refund Scam Alert

Scammers are stealing refunds from taxpayers by depositing fraudulent tax refunds into accounts and then attempting to reclaim them. Apparently the criminals hack into tax preparers’ computers to steal the taxpayer data. They use the information to file returns and have the refunds deposited into the tax payer’s bank account. After the deposit hits, they then contact the taxpayer stating a refund has been mistakenly deposited into their account and demand that the money be returned....Read more

Tags: IRS, scam, tax refund

Hurry to Use Those Toys "R" Us Gift Cards

Posted: 3/22/2018

Hurry to Use Those Toys "R" Us Gift Cards

Toys”R”Us, one of the largest and oldest toy retailers in the country, announced that it would be closing stores, including some of its Babies”R”Us stores. The retailer announced that customers have until April 15, 2018, to use their gift cards and store credits....Read more

Tags: liquidation

Employee Spotlight: March 2018

Posted: 3/15/2018

Employee Spotlight: March 2018

Business Consumer Alliance's Employee of the Month for March is Patti Craig. Patti is our Controller, but has many hobbies and interests outside of the office. Get to know her by reading our Employee Spotlight piece!...Read more

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What You Should Know About Investing In Cryptocurrencies

Posted: 3/14/2018

What You Should Know About Investing In Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ripple, are gaining more and more popularity. The virtual currency is used worldwide to make online purchases. If you are active on social media, you have no doubt seen invitations to invest in the new currency. The promise of great financial gain for investing dollars into digital coins can be enticing, but there are risks as with any investment....Read more

Tags: investment, bitcoins, virtual currency

Dealing with Tax Debt

Posted: 3/13/2018

Dealing with Tax Debt

Owing money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be a very scary and stressful situation. The penalties for not paying taxes can be steep and can even land a taxpayer in jail. Facing such pressures can cause someone to act hastily and pay for tax debt relief to untrustworthy companies. If you owe back taxes, there are programs that can help....Read more

Tags: IRS, tax debt, tax relief

Security Tips for Choosing a Web Hosting Company

Posted: 3/9/2018

Security Tips for Choosing a Web Hosting Company

For many small and home-based businesses, having a web presence is important. One significant concern is security. Many companies choose web hosting firms to set up their website and email systems. When businesses are vetting companies to perform these technical tasks, there are some important factors to consider....Read more

Tags: website hosting, security breach, tips

Kim’s Catch: Cash Now Offer

Posted: 3/8/2018

Kim’s Catch:  Cash Now Offer

Medicines, doctor visits, diet, and supplies add up. To recover some of the costs, some have turned to selling unused test strips for extra cash....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, diabetes, scam

Employee Spotlight: February 2018

Posted: 2/20/2018

Employee Spotlight: February 2018

BCA's Employee of the month for February is Atzintli Lopez....Read more

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Dating Disasters: Online Romance Scams

Posted: 2/13/2018

Dating Disasters: Online Romance Scams

Dating options have come a long way. With so many dating apps, matchmaking websites, and social media, there are more ways than ever to connect with people. Unfortunately, some of those connections are scammers in disguise....Read more

Tags: online dating, scams, dating advice

What to Do With Unwanted Gift Cards

Posted: 2/12/2018

What to Do With Unwanted Gift Cards

Gift cards are a convenient way to show your gratitude. While some frown upon gift cards, others welcome them as a thoughtful way to say thank you or to celebrate special events. Gift cards are very popular presents during the holiday season. With any gift, there is a possibility that the item may not exactly be what you anticipated or even want. ...Read more

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Kim’s Catch: Choice Home Warranty

Posted: 1/19/2018

Kim’s Catch:  Choice Home Warranty

Choice Home Warranty (CHW) claims to provide comprehensive protection against costly repairs of home systems and appliances. They advertise swift and efficient servicing to their customers and excellent customer service. However, several of their customers are dissatisfied that the company over promised and under delivered services. In the end they are probably wishing they had not chosen Choice....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, home warranty

What You Should Know About Auto Financing

Posted: 1/12/2018

What You Should Know About Auto Financing

Purchasing a vehicle is one of the largest obligations a person can take on. Paying for a vehicle can be costly and, in many instances, a long-term commitment. Obtaining a loan to purchase a new or used vehicle is a decision that should never be entered lightly....Read more

Tags: new car dealers, contract, auto loans