College is expensive and financial aid funds are shrinking. But that doesn't mean you have to pay a company to help find scholarships and grants. The Better Business Bureau says it's hearing complaints from college parents and students that they've been bilked by companies that dangle promises of financial help but don't deliver. Show More Summary
Buy.com? Awarded Better Business Bureau’s A+ Rating Leading Online Retailer Recognized for Customer Service Efforts PR Newswire — February 1, 2011 ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Buy.com, The Internet Superstore(TM), today announced that it has received an A+, the highest rating for customer service, from the Better Business Bureau(TM) (BBB). Buy.com, which [...]
The Better Business Bureau sent out an alert that it's been bombarded with complaints about extended auto warranty companies. Gripes include deceptive sales practices -- including high-pressure phone sales tactics to get customers to pay upfront for contracts they can't see -- as well as insurance fraud. Show More Summary
Maybe he wasn’t aware of the laws, or maybe he was just looking to get connected to the Better Business Bureau office with no questions asked when a Minnesota man called the police station with a complaint about a prostitute he had hired. Apparently, the woman took his $200 and left without holding up her [...]
A roundup of alleged cons and iffy arrangements to watch out for. Gym memberships -- Have you resolved to lose weight in 2011? If joining a gym is part of the plan, the Better Business Bureau has some advice to...
Usually falling prey to your own vanity is a harmless affair. But it turns out, scams exploiting one's sense of pride are among those that are aimed at small-business owners."Vanity awards" were on the Better Business Bureau's recently released list...
Con artists made the most of a bad economy in 2010, targeting job seekers, people struggling to get out of debt and those looking to earn some extra cash. The Better Business Bureau today released a list of the top 10 scams and rip-offs of 2010.
Photo by amboo who? via Flickr According to a Better Business Bureau official, Southland head William Mitchell is leaving the organization because of his health, not because of the "pay-for-play" controversy regarding the group's rating...Show More Summary
Image by historygradguyfrom photos tagged "Bostonist" on Flickr. Snow will continue into Thursday morning. [Boston Globe] The Better Business Bureau says to be careful of Santa-themed websites asking for personal information. We hope the Santa sites are wary of the BBB. Show More Summary
If you want to check up on the bona fides of your plumber or your electrician, you contact your local chapter of the Better Business Bureau. Lately, though, news organizations have been questioning the BBB’s own bona fides. The BBB’s rating system, they say, is at best uninformed and at worst corrupt. Until recently, the BBB [...]
Before allowing your kids to play with toys relatives give them during the holidays, it's a good idea to make sure they aren't known death traps. The Better Business Bureau sent in some suggestions on how to make sure your toys haven't been recalled, and what to if you find out they have been summoned to toy hell. Show More Summary
With the beginning of the holiday season comes the cyber scam blitz. This year, the Better Business Bureau, McAfee and even the FBI have posted their lists of scams to be wary of, and if nothing else, the stories of what people will fall for is terrifying. This year, avoid cybercrooks who will prey on [...]
I came across disturbing news about The Better Business Bureau, and how they were accepting bribes for grading businesses. It’s a bummer, since the BBB is quite useful for online shopping when I need to check if a merchant is legit. Now that I think about it, the main alternative to the BBB is Yelp…another offender [...]
Goldline is a major sponsor of Glenn Beck's radio and TV shows for which he has personally recorded testimonials. Recently, the precious metal company has been probed by Rep. Anthony Weiner, and the firm is under investigation by district...Show More Summary
The Better Business Bureau has had a reputation of being less than ethical. A group of business owners decided to set a trap for the BBB. ABC News reports: The Better Business Bureau, one of the country's best known consumer watchdog...Show More Summary
A group of businessmen set out to prove that the Better Business Bureau, a prominent consumer watchdog group, runs a pay-to-play scheme by rewarding businesses that pay its membership fees with good ratings. So they paid the $425 fee for a nonexistent business called "Hamas" to see what would happen. Show More Summary
WCVB screen capture. How would the Better Business Bureau (BBB) rate itself? We'll probably never know. A better question might be how do they really rate businesses because Channel 5 is reporting some irregularities with the ratings the BBB gives out. The Ritz Carlton on Boston Common got an F and the Colonnade Hotel got an A+. Show More Summary
Protect your debit card — Thieves have been using multiple tricks and scams to raid consumers’ debit card accounts, the Better Business Bureau cautioned in a recent bulletin. In one scam, swindlers install card-reading devices on gas pumps or ATMs...
A great place to start researching possible payroll agencies is the Better Business Bureau. Before settling on an agency, you will want to do several things: check its efficiency and accuracy history, read feedback from past and present customers and talk to those businesses directly if possible, and find out if the agency is bonded [...]
By John North, Better Business ?Bureau Saturday, October 30, 2010 A bank called Montgomery County Adult Protective Services concerning unusual activity in a 92-year-old man’s bank account. It was discovered he was writing checks totaling $2,000 a day to neighbors. Show More Summary