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

What You Can't Ask a Job Applicant

Posted: 8/16/2019

What You Can't Ask a Job Applicant

When you’re hiring, weeding through applicants for the right person is often a challenging task. You want someone that fits in and can do the job, but you need to be aware of questions that are illegal or unethical and can land you in hot water during the interview process....Read more

Tags: hiring, employment law, job opportunity

What to Do After a Data Breach

Posted: 8/13/2019

What to Do After a Data Breach

Finding out your personal information has been leaked can be a stressful and it may be difficult to figure out what to do. That’s why we’ve put together some great information and resources to help anyone whose information is exposed....Read more

Tags: data breach, identity theft, credit reports

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

Previous Kim’s Catch Schemer Gets Netted

Posted: 6/13/2019

Previous Kim’s Catch Schemer Gets Netted

American Charity Center was the subject of Kim’s Catch in March 2014, when consumers were warned of their vehicle donation scheme. Under the assumed names American Charity Center and Caring Cars, Joseph Blanco duped donators into turning over the keys of their vehicle to support charities. Not only was American Charity Center unregistered to solicit charitable funds, they weren’t turning over the donations to the charities they claimed to be affiliated with....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, charity

What to Do When Your Client Won’t Pay

Posted: 6/12/2019

What to Do When Your Client Won’t Pay

When a client doesn’t pay on time, it can be more than frustrating. To keep your business going, cash flow needs to be available to cover supplies, equipment, and manpower. So what do you do when a client doesn’t pay? We’ll discuss a few ways to protect your business and steps you can take to get your client to pay....Read more

Tags: contractors, contracts, payments, lien

Kim’s Catch: Avas Flowers

Posted: 5/31/2019

Kim’s Catch:  Avas Flowers

The convenience of online shopping allows customers to send beautiful bouquets with a few clicks on the Internet. Unfortunately, sometimes what you see may not be what you get....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, florist, online shopping

Small Businesses Fight Robocalls

Posted: 5/17/2019

Small Businesses Fight Robocalls

Unsolicited robocalls are a huge problem. Not only are they nuisances, illegal robocalls aid scammers in stealing countless dollars from small businesses....Read more

Tags: robocall, unsolicited calls, small business

Kim’s Catch: Zcrave.com

Posted: 3/19/2019

Kim’s Catch:  Zcrave.com

If you’ve ever shopped online, you know that sometimes what you see is not always what you get. While it’s very convenient to shop online, it’s difficult to know the quality of the purchase until it is in hand. Unfortunately for several customers that have shopped at Zcrave .com, what they got was far less appealing than what was advertised to them online....Read more

Tags: Kim's Catch, online retailer

Avoid Tax Scams This Tax Season

Posted: 3/13/2019

Avoid Tax Scams This Tax Season

IRS scams occur year-round and are consistently one of the top scams. IRS imposters contact individuals, and even target businesses, posing as the IRS and demanding immediate payment. These scammers use threats, intimidation, and fear tactics to fool victims into sending them money. Then they vanish, leaving the victim to handle the aftermath of the scam. Their tactics continually become trickier each year, but some of the telltale signs of the scam are easy to spot. Here’s some information to h...Read more

Tags: IRS, scam, refund

CA Contractors & Insurers Must Disclose Settlements

Posted: 3/11/2019

CA Contractors & Insurers Must Disclose Settlements

In January 2019, a new law went into effect in California that affects contractors, subcontractors, and their insurers. Senate Bill 1465 requires that final settlements valued at $1 million or more paid in response to claims of construction defects on multifamily residences be reported to the Contractors State License Board (CSLB)....Read more

Tags: CSLB, settlement, contractors

New Requirement for CA Solar Contracts

Posted: 1/18/2019

New Requirement for CA Solar Contracts

As of January 2019, California solar contractor are required to provide residential customers with a disclosure notice before the completion of a sale, financing or lease of a solar energy system....Read more

Tags: new laws, solar contractors, solar panels