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

Back To School Scams

Posted: 7/30/2018

Back To School Scams

As the summer months come to a close, it’s time to prepare for returning to school. That means stocking up on school supplies, clothes, shoes, backpacks, and more. Don’t forget to do your homework on common back-to-school scams....Read more

Tags: school, scam

Avoid Vacation Rental Scams - Infographic

Posted: 7/23/2018

Avoid Vacation Rental Scams - Infographic

Nothing puts a damper on a vacation like being scammed. Scammers steal photos and listing information from legitimate vacation rental companies to con renters into paying them. Then they disappear. Here are 3 tips to avoid falling victim to a vacation rental scam....Read more

Tags: Vacation rentals, scams

10 Tips for Handling Complaints on Social Media

Posted: 7/16/2018

10 Tips for Handling Complaints on Social Media

Not so long ago, when a customer had a problem with a business, they would pick up the phone to speak with someone about it, send an email or letter to the company, or file a complaint. In today’s society, writing reviews, blogging, and leaving comments on social media are the new norm for customers to vent their frustrations....Read more

Tags: online complaint, Complaint Response, social network site

Kim’s Catch: Online Dating Company People Media

Posted: 7/13/2018

Kim’s Catch:  Online Dating Company People Media

Online dating sites have come a long way. There is a variety of dating apps and websites for almost every kind of match you’re looking for. People Media operates sites such as OurTime.com for singles over 50, BlackPeopleMeet.com, SingleParentMeet.com, PetPeopleMeet.com, and is affiliated with Match.com and OKCupid....Read more

Tags: dating services, dating advice, Kim's Catch

4 Easy Steps to Create a Small Business Website

Posted: 7/9/2018

4 Easy Steps to Create a Small Business Website

Having a web presence is a great way to do that since a wide range of potential customers can view your products and services this way. Although it may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Here are a few simple steps you can take to launch a professional looking website and reach more customers....Read more

Tags: small business, website registration, website

Getting the Skinny on Weight Loss Claims

Posted: 7/2/2018

Getting the Skinny on Weight Loss Claims

There’s no shortage of ads in the media promising amazing weight loss results with little or no effort and the ability to eat what you want. These ads make it appear that you can lose pounds by taking a pill, using a cream, wearing a patch, or putting on a garment. ...Read more

Tags: weight loss products, supplements

Is This a Scam?

Posted: 6/29/2018

Is This a Scam?

One general question that comes to mind when people are considering an offer that may seem just a little too good to be true is, “Is this a scam?”...Read more

Tags: scam, tips

9/11 Imposter Scams on the Rise

Posted: 6/27/2018

9/11 Imposter Scams on the Rise

Imposter scams have become a huge issue in today’s society. With advanced technology, scammers can mask their identity making it appear that they are calling from legitimate agencies and organizations. Most recently, reports have circulated regarding calls from individuals pretending to be with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). ...Read more

Tags: scam, suspicious phone calls

Texas Dealership Not Delivering Title

Posted: 6/26/2018

Texas Dealership Not Delivering Title

Shealisha purchased her 2003 Ford Expedition in October 2017 from Texas dealership, Texas Auto 290. At the time, they told her the title would be ready in four to six weeks. Six months have passed and she still has not received the title. Texas Auto 290 is not communicating with her and she has turned to Business Consumer Alliance for assistance....Read more

Tags: car dealership, title transfer, vehicle purchase

Upset Customers Want Online Retailer to Get It in Gear

Posted: 6/25/2018

Upset Customers Want Online Retailer to Get It in Gear

On Demand GEAR is racking up complaints for not delivering orders to their customers. Several consumers have filed complaints and left reviews with Business Consumer Alliance that mirror each other. Customers repeatedly claim they paid the company for items such as sweatshirts and jackets, but received nothing....Read more

Tags: online retailer, nondelivery, online order, online shopping tips

Tax Relief Company Rips Taxpayer Off for $1,800

Posted: 6/22/2018

Tax Relief Company Rips Taxpayer Off for $1,800

Imagine owing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a considerable amount of money. Drowning in tax debt and desperate to find a way out of the debt, you turn to a tax relief service for help. After paying for services and waiting on a resolution, the company finally tells you the IRS is unwilling to negotiate and you owe more money due to penalties and fees. And they refuse to give you a refund although they did not do what they said they would do. Talk about a nightmare, right?...Read more

Tags: IRS tax assistance, scam, tax debt

Using Public Wi-Fi More Safely

Posted: 6/20/2018

Using Public Wi-Fi More Safely

Encryption is important to keeping your information secure when you’re online. So while at the airport, coffee shop, restaurant, repair shop, or anywhere where you’re going to use public Wi-Fi, here are a few tips to help you surf safely....Read more

Tags: wifi, wireless internet, security, tips