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

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

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

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

Are You Getting Scam Likely Calls?

Posted: 10/24/2017

Are You Getting Scam Likely Calls?

Scam callers ring consumers’ lines all through the day. From IRS scams to prize promotion schemes, the con artists relentlessly call, trying to trick individuals. We can relate to these types of calls as most of us have been on the receiving end of them. Wouldn’t it be nice to know it’s a scammer on the other end of the line before you pick it up?...Read more

Tags: scam, cell phone carrier

Employee Spotlight: October 2017

Posted: 10/23/2017

Employee Spotlight: October 2017

Our Employee of the Month for October is Teresita Cruz, who is celebrating 15 years with our organization this year!...Read more

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Don’t Be Fooled by Equifax Scam

Posted: 9/29/2017

Don’t Be Fooled by Equifax Scam

Scammers are using the recent Equifax data breach to contact consumers and defraud them. The FTC warned that consumers have been receiving calls from individuals posing as Equifax employees, calling to “verify” account information. Be aware that this is a scam and these callers are only out to get your information to use it fraudulently....Read more

Tags: FTC, scam, identity theft, data breach, Equifax

BCA Scam Watch: Take a Pass on American Savings Pass

Posted: 9/22/2017

BCA Scam Watch:  Take a Pass on American Savings Pass

Consumers are being lured into signing up for a false discount savings plan, American Savings Pass. The company that also goes by the name American FunPass and, for a monthly fee, offers exclusive discounts and savings from national chains and restaurants. Oftentimes, consumers are presented with offers of free gift cards when making purchases from other retailers and enrolled in a 30-day trial for American Savings Pass. Many complain that they never receive information on the program, nor do t...Read more

Tags: scam watch, discount cards, gift cards

Employee Spotlight: September 2017

Posted: 9/21/2017

Employee Spotlight: September 2017

Denise Soliz has been with us for 23 years! She is our Employee of the Month for September....Read more

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After the Storm: Recognizing Disaster-Related Scams

Posted: 9/21/2017

After the Storm:  Recognizing Disaster-Related Scams

In the wake of recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, scammers are doing their best to con consumers out of money. Consumers have reported a variety of scams, including fake flood insurance calls, hurricane cleanup schemes, and donation scams. BCA is warning consumers to be on guard for scams and what to do if you encounter a similar scheme....Read more

Tags: disaster, scams, non profit, donations

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

Posted: 9/15/2017

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

It is imperative that businesses have a plan in place to deal with emergencies and to keep that plan updated. This article will discuss resourceful ways businesses can plan to deal with disasters and where to look for help and guidance....Read more

Tags: disaster, business practices

California Employers: Get Current with Your Workplace Policies

Posted: 9/12/2017

California Employers:  Get Current with Your Workplace Policies

California employers should be aware of new state laws that have come into effect as of July 2017. A minor oversight to any of these laws can lead to hefty penalties. Here are three law changes that should be implemented in your workplace if you are doing business in California....Read more

Tags: California, employer, new laws