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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

BCA Scam Alert: Scammers Lure Victims with Google Calendar Invites

Posted: 10/8/2019

BCA Scam Alert: Scammers Lure Victims with Google Calendar Invites

Scammers know no limits to the methods they’ll use to scam consumers. Be on the watch for a trending scam where fraudsters are contacting potential victims through their Google Calendar invites....Read more

Tags: scams, emails

ShopSkyer Swindles Customers in Electric Scooter Scam

Posted: 9/5/2019

ShopSkyer Swindles Customers in Electric Scooter Scam

If you spend any time online or on social media you’ve no doubt run into a few eye-catching ads. The Internet is full of offers and deals that appeal to not just your wants but needs. The problem is many of these ads are scams set up by con artists that have no plans on delivering on their offer....Read more

Tags: scams, seniors, social media

Small Businesses- Watch for Web Design Scams

Posted: 7/26/2019

Small Businesses- Watch for Web Design Scams

No matter what type of business you operate, having a website is a great way to promote your brand, provide clients with some insight on your profession and generate business. Whether you’re looking to create or revamp your website be on the lookout for web design scams....Read more

Tags: scams, web design, small business

Kim’s Catch: DailyHemps Online Scam

Posted: 7/24/2019

Kim’s Catch:  DailyHemps Online Scam

The legalization of recreational and medical cannabis in certain states has caused a boom in the cannabis industry. With CBD and cannabis products gaining more popularity, scammers are looking to cash in too. DailyHemps is one of many online cannabis scams customers should avoid....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, scams

Don't Get Burned At the Pump

Posted: 8/21/2018

Don't Get Burned At the Pump

Scam Alert! Consumers should watch out for illegal card readers aka skimmers at the pump. Criminals can steal your card data to make unauthorized purchases....Read more

Tags: scams, consumer tips

Free Swimsuit Offer Leaves Shoppers High and Dry

Posted: 8/17/2018

Free Swimsuit Offer Leaves Shoppers High and Dry

In an age where social media is a vast platform to reach all kinds of users, many boutique businesses are using Instagram and Facebook to advertise their goods. Unfortunately, many scammers and dishonest companies also use social media to con consumers....Read more

Tags: scams

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

Watch Out for Crafty Unclaimed Funds Scheme

Posted: 6/15/2018

Watch Out for Crafty Unclaimed Funds Scheme

Business Consumer Alliance wants to warn consumers about an unclaimed money scam that has bilked some consumers out of thousands of dollars....Read more

Tags: scams, government agencies, unclaimed property, unclaimed funds

You Can’t Always Trust Your “Friends”

Posted: 6/12/2018

You Can’t Always Trust Your “Friends”

Being online is customary for many in today’s society. It’s not uncommon for one to check their Facebook or Twitter feed frequently, share interesting stories and life details, or engage with others over the Internet. Be aware that scammers also lurk on these sites looking for their next victim....Read more

Tags: social network site, scams, internet

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

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

Starting a Business? Don’t Fall for Licensing Scams

Posted: 11/3/2017

Starting a Business?  Don’t Fall for Licensing Scams

If you are starting a business, be on the lookout for business license schemes. Scammers are using email, mail, social media, phone calls, and any method they can think of to perpetrate the scam. They lie and say for a fee they are able to help get professional or business licenses to start a business....Read more

Tags: business license, scams