Scammers Use Better Business Bureau Name To Commit Scams

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"People have not received their loan, nor have they had their money refunded,"repparttar BBB in Houston states. Consumers in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and other states have been targeted.

BBB staff members have confirmed that there is no business byrepparttar 127535 name of Kirkland Russell and Thomas atrepparttar 127536 company-provided address in Houston. The Council of Better Business Bureaus sent a letter to KRT Financial Group regarding BBB trademark infringement and false advertising; it has not received a response.

The BBB warns individuals and businesses not to pay in advance for a loan and to never send personal financial information to unknown businesses.

BBB members in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington have reported that they were contacted by an individual posing as a BBB employee.

The callers generally claim to be phoning about a BBB complaint or to "update" BBB files. They attempt to solicit information that is not normally required in order to conduct business with or be a member ofrepparttar 127537 BBB. The callers ask for names of various managers (the head of finance or information technology) andrepparttar 127538 number of work stations at that business location. Businesses have reported thatrepparttar 127539 callers became rude and used threatening language when questioned aboutrepparttar 127540 BBBís need for such information orrepparttar 127541 nature ofrepparttar 127542 complaint.

The callers leave a 1.800.CALL.BBB (225-5222) as their contact phone number. That phone number, which is NOT owned byrepparttar 127543 BBB, is constantly busy. Some businesses report thatrepparttar 127544 caller gaverepparttar 127545 name "Dave Sebastian". Other names that have been used are Claude Ashley and Frank. One caller spoke with a foreign accent.

"Businesses need to be aware that any representatives fromrepparttar 127546 BBB would clearly identify themselves and leave a working phone number. We seekrepparttar 127547 voluntary cooperation of businesses to resolve disputes and would not hesitate to provide details concerning a complaint," Hunter said. "If you receive a call from anyone representingrepparttar 127548 BBB and are unsure as to their authenticity, we urge you not to disclose any information and to contact your local BBB immediately."

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How To Avoid Getting Scammed

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8. Credit Repair Scams: These scams promise to erase accurate, negative information from your credit file so that you can qualify for loans, mortgages, unsecured credit cards, etc. It doesn't work. Not only that. If you follow their advice and lie on loan or credit applications, misrepresent your social security number, or get an Employer Identification Number fromrepparttar Internal Revenue Service under false pretenses, you will be committing fraud and violating federal laws. Another variation of this scam isrepparttar 127534 promise of a brand new credit file. Don't do it.

9. Vacation, Sweepstakes And Prize Award Scams: In these scams you receive notification congratulating you because you've won a fabulous vacation, a car or some other prize award. All you have to do to collect your prize is pay a small fee (usually several hundred dollars). In return, what you end up getting is a toy car, (I kid you not) or a vacation certificate torepparttar 127535 Bahamas or some other exotic vacation spot. It's really a lousy deal. You have to pay for your own airfare, andrepparttar 127536 accommodations that they arrange are usually in rundown hotels. Letrepparttar 127537 buyer beware!

10. Employment Scams: Employment scammers take advantage of job seekers. They claim to offer employment services, inside information or inside contacts to jobs. After paying a fee, victims learn they only provide advice, help writing a resume--or less. Some fraudulent employment services simply sell lists of companies that they have gotten from public directories. They usually have not contacted those companies directly or know if there really are any job openings.

11. Multi-level Marketing (MLM) or Network Marketing Scams: I know I'm going to ruffle a few feathers with this one, so let me just say right now that all MLM or network marketing companies are not scams. Obviously, there are some good, reputable companies out there. However, there are so many bad ones that I'm compelled to includerepparttar 127538 entire industry on this list. Before getting involved with any MLM or network marketing company, investigate, investigate and then investigate some more. Don't get caught up inrepparttar 127539 hype. And here's a fact no MLM or network marketing company will ever tell you--not evenrepparttar 127540 legitimate ones: Unless you have outstanding sales ability and/or people skills, it is extremely difficult to make any money in MLM or network marketing.

Here are some other things you should watch out for: Make surerepparttar 127541 website youíre visiting contains all three ofrepparttar 127542 following:

1. A real persons name (not just a company or business name)

2. A telephone number

3. A street address (not just a P.O. Box)

If all three ofrepparttar 127543 above are not present, walk away fromrepparttar 127544 offer.

Before purchasing anything, you should always check first to see ifrepparttar 127545 company has had any complaints lodged against it. The following websites publish complaints and/or scams:

If you do get scammed, report it torepparttar 127546 aforementioned websites immediately. You probably wonít be able to recover your money. Few people ever do. But at least by reportingrepparttar 127547 crime and making it public record, you make it harder for that company to scam anyone else.

In closing, always carefully investigate any business opportunity, and remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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