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BBB Scam Warning: Website Scam Targets Military

By Shellie Kreter, BBB Communications Assistant We see new Internet identity theft scams all too often at BBB, but the latest scam is particularly despicable because it targets Americans serving in the military. The U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CIC) and BBB are warning about the “My Army Benefits” website at usmilitarybenifit.org. The URL is a…

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Got a letter from the IRS? Make sure you’re not a fraud victim

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Most people think of recent credit card breaches at major retailers when they hear the phrase “identity theft.” According to the federal government, however, tax-related fraud is now the biggest category of ID theft complaints in the United States. According to the Federal Trade Commission: “Identity theft has been the…

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Mary Kutheis Talks Webinars and Reading Lists with BBB

By Shellie Kreter, BBB Communications Assistant The first webinar in our BBB Passport to Learning webinar series was a great success, and now we’re looking forward to the rest of the series!  In case you need a refresher– BBB this year is offering BBB Accredited Businesses a new series of 13 webinars taught by local experts and business…

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BBB’s Charity Accountability Standards: A Great Tool for Nonprofits and You

By Carole Bellman, BBB Director of Charity Information Services Most people know Better Business Bureau as a nonprofit organization that helps consumers and businesses with marketplace trust issues. But did you know that BBB helps other nonprofits as well? BBB’s Charity Information Service evaluates charities based on BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability, a voluntary set of…

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BBB Warns Renters: Beware Of Fake Landlords On Craigslist

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Rental scams have been around for years, but it never hurts to warn consumers to be vigilant about keeping their personal information safe. Today’s BBB press release details the experience of a St. Louis man who says a Craigslist advertiser tried to trick him into revealing sensitive personal information when…

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Enjoy Olympic Games, But Avoid Scams, Fake Merchandise

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor With the Sochi Olympics dominating sports news, Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to be aware of the potential for scams related to the Winter Games. Whenever there is a large event, natural disaster or other topic dominating the airwaves, BBB often sees scams emerge. While there has been little actual…

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Local Consumers Complain About NoMoreRack.com

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor You know those annoying posts on Facebook about your friends liking NoMoreRack.com? Well, there are a lot of other people who don’t like them very much. Better Business Bureau has received 2,200 complaints about the New York-based online retailer in the last three years, including 1,300 in the last 12…