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: 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

Protect Your Privacy While Exploring Your Ancestry

Posted: 1/10/2018

Protect Your Privacy While Exploring Your Ancestry

Are you looking to get information on your ancestry or curious about whether or not you’re genetically at risk for certain medical conditions? DNA test kits may be the answer to your questions. These tests explore who you’re related to, discover your ethnicity, or find out where your ancestors lived. ...Read more

Tags: privacy, DNA tests

Employee Spotlight: January 2018

Posted: 1/9/2018

Employee Spotlight: January 2018

BCA's Employee of the month for January is Laura Cox....Read more

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Are You Renting Your Pet?

Posted: 1/8/2018

Are You Renting Your Pet?

Pets can be expensive. Specialty dog and cat breeds can cost thousands of dollars. In the past few years, options to finance a pet have become available. Unfortunately, some consumers have been devastated to find out the agreement they signed doesn’t give them ownership of the pet, instead they’ve signed a lease-to-own contract. These contracts can be costly—in some cases double the pet’s listed price....Read more

Tags: pets, contracts

How to Get Your Money Back From Western Union

Posted: 12/18/2017

How to Get Your Money Back From Western Union

If you paid money to a scammer using Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017, you can file a claim requesting your money back. Western Union has agreed to refund $586 Million to fraud victims for the part they played in fraudulent transfers. Refunds are being handled by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and a company they hired to handle claims—Gilardi & Co. Below is some important information for anyone who believes they are owed a refund....Read more

Tags: western union, federal trade commission, refunds, settlement

CA Contractors Face Added Responsibility for Wage Claims

Posted: 12/15/2017

CA Contractors Face Added Responsibility for Wage Claims

Beginning January 1, 2018, general contractors in California will be liable if their subcontractors fail to pay their employees. A bill passed by State Legislators in September 2017 makes developers and general contractors who enter private work contracts responsible for unpaid wage claims made against their subcontractors, even if they have already paid the subcontractors for their work....Read more

Tags: contractor payment, California, contractors, subcontractors

California Employers Prepare for New Laws for 2018

Posted: 12/13/2017

California Employers Prepare for New Laws for 2018

California employers face the implementation of new laws that go into effect January 1, 2018. Early preparation should promote a smooth transition and get staff ready for any changes. To help employers comply with the new laws, training with human resources and other key staff may be necessary, as well as revisions to applications, employee manuals, and other workplace documents. Here are the top five 2018 laws to prepare for....Read more

Tags: employment law, California

Employee Spotlight: December 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017

Employee Spotlight: December 2017

BCA's Employee of the month for December is Karen Moneymaker....Read more

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Kim’s Catch: Strategic Student Solutions LLC

Posted: 11/21/2017

Kim’s Catch:  Strategic Student Solutions LLC

Student loan debt is a financial burden for many. It is estimated that more than 42 million Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loans, the second largest class of consumer debt. Operators of Strategic Student Solutions, LLC and their related companies lured student loan borrowers into signing up for debt relief plans and duping them out of more than $11 million....Read more

Tags: student loan, debt relief, scams

Employee Spotlight: November 2017

Posted: 11/13/2017

Employee Spotlight: November 2017

Our Employee of the Month for November is our Systems Administrator, Harry Carrington....Read more

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Shopping for Airfare

Posted: 11/9/2017

Shopping for Airfare

We all want the best deal possible when booking a flight because, let’s face it, airfare can be pricey. Should you buy directly from the airline’s website or through a third party that lets you compare prices? These are things to consider carefully when you are contemplating travel....Read more

Tags: airlines, travel, deals