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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

Jeweler Couple Charged With Harming Military Servicemembers

Posted: 11/8/2017

Jeweler Couple Charged With Harming Military Servicemembers

Ramil “Randy” Abalkhad and his wife Melina Abalkhad were arrested September 26, 2017, and are facing charges for conspiracy to engage in illegal financing and debt practices. The two operate Romano’s Jewelers, a California retail chain of jewelry stores, along with their in-house finance company, MBNB Financial Inc....Read more

Tags: jewelry sales, financing, debt collection

Car Title Loans Can Drive You Into Debt

Posted: 10/27/2016

Car Title Loans Can Drive You Into Debt

In a pinch, quick, easy cash loans may seem appealing. Many consumers, when facing emergencies or just in need of extra cash, are drawn to taking out a vehicle title loan. Car title loans are small, short-term, high rate loans that use clear vehicle titles as collateral. Read on for some important information on car title loans and tips to avoid driving yourself further into debt....Read more

Tags: car title loans, debt collection, loans

Scam Watch Consumer Alert: BINChecker

Posted: 5/12/2016

Scam Watch Consumer Alert:  BINChecker

Business Consumer Alliance is issuing a Scam Watch alert and is asking consumers to look out for calls from a “law office” regarding an alleged credit card debt. We recently received an inquiry from a consumer who received a call from a “law firm” demanding payment for a credit card debt that she paid off several years ago. The caller directed the consumer to go to http://binchecker.com to check the validity of the debt....Read more

Tags: scam watch, debt collection

Debt Collectors Misleading Potential California Amnesty Program Participants

Posted: 11/6/2015

Debt Collectors Misleading Potential California Amnesty Program Participants

Some unscrupulous debt collectors aren't telling eligible consumers that they qualify for an amnesty program that could reduce their traffic ticket debt and reinstate their license. We've learned about some of these tactics and came up with some tips for you....Read more

Tags: traffic ticket, debt collection, consumer tips