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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

Partial Refunds Coming for Some Stratford Career Institute Students

Posted: 2/27/2017

Partial Refunds Coming for Some Stratford Career Institute Students

The FTC charged Stratford’s high school “diploma” program failed to meet the basic requirements set by most states. Under the order, Stratford must pay $250,000 in partial refunds to eligible students that enrolled in the program after January 1, 2011....Read more

Tags: federal trade commission, refunds, diplomas

RushCard Ordered to Refund $10 Million to Harmed Consumers

Posted: 2/13/2017

RushCard Ordered to Refund $10 Million to Harmed Consumers

RushCard is a reloadable prepaid debit card operated by UniRush, LLC and cofounded by entrepreneur Russell Simmons. RushCard is marketed as a way to receive paychecks and benefits up to two days sooner through direct deposit. In October 2015, the company switched their payment processor to MasterCard. Unfortunately for many RushCard customers, the switch caused severe financial hardship for many. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered RushCard and MasterCard to pay restituti...Read more

Tags: Rush Card, prepaid debit card, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, restitution

Employee Spotlight: February 2017

Posted: 2/13/2017

Employee Spotlight: February 2017

Our Employee of the Month for February is Lashiba Triggs. Shiba is a member of our Long Beach sales team....Read more

Tags: employee spotlight

4 Quick Tips to Avoid Fake Apps

Posted: 2/10/2017

4 Quick Tips to Avoid Fake Apps

Shopping on your mobile device is a convenient way to make a purchase. In this day and age there’s an app for almost anything. When browsing for deals and shopping on your cell phone or tablet, Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) warns you to beware of fake apps that are setup to look real but are really only out to rob you....Read more

Tags: tips, scams, cell phone, security risk

What You Should Know About Recreational Pot Use in California

Posted: 2/8/2017

What You Should Know About Recreational Pot Use in California

The passing of Proposition 64 in November’s election legalized recreational use of marijuana in California. Since it’s passing, many questions have come up—such as is it okay to smoke weed, how much can someone carry, what age does one have to be to legally use marijuana, and where to purchase it. The information below should help answer some of these questions....Read more

Tags: California, new laws

Western Union to Refund $586 Million to Fraud Victims

Posted: 2/7/2017

Western Union to Refund $586 Million to Fraud Victims

Western Union has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against them by the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice for their part in fraudulent transfers. According to the settlement, Western Union will pay $586 million in refunds to consumers that were defrauded. The global money transfer service provider admits to knowing for years that scammers have been using their system to commit fraud and that they ignored evidence that many of its agents were involved in the fraud. The more than half a bill...Read more

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

Tax Refund Anticipation Loans: Are They Worth It?

Posted: 2/6/2017

Tax Refund Anticipation Loans:  Are They Worth It?

During tax season you can expect to see ads promoting fast refunds, typically offered as refund anticipation loans (also referred to as RALs). These are expensive loans made by a lender based on and repaid by an expected federal income tax refund. You are essentially paying to borrow your own money and the cost can be steep. Here’s some important information you should consider before deciding to take a refund anticipation loan....Read more

Tags: tax preparation, tax refund, loans

Nation’s Largest Student Loan Company Sued

Posted: 2/2/2017

Nation’s Largest Student Loan Company Sued

On January 18, 2017, Navient Corporation (Navient) and its subsidiaries were hit with lawsuits from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Illinois Attorney General, and the Washington State Attorney General. All suits allege Navient failed its borrowers by not adequately fulfilling its role as servicer and cheating struggling borrowers....Read more

Tags: student loan, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau