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BBB Alerts Public To Scams With Public Service Announcements

By Bill Smith, BBB Reporter Better Business Bureau, long a leader in consumer education efforts, announces a series of public service announcements (PSAs) designed to alert the public to some of the region’s top scams. Dubbed the “Protect Yourself” campaign, the 30-second spots cover the area’s five top reported scams – fake IRS agent phone…

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BBB Exposes Fraud, Prompting Government Action

By Bill Smith, BBB Reporter Throughout its near-100-year history, BBB St. Louis has never turned its back on a fight against fraud. Whether confronting a grab-the-money-and-run contractor or a bogus timeshare sales scheme, BBB has acted to protect both businesses and consumers from anyone who puts greed above ethics. This year, BBB St. Louis has…

Harried during the Holidays? BBB Can Help

By Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor Are you finding the hustle and bustle of the holidays overwhelming? Worried about whether that gift card you want to buy is legit? Do you have doubts about adding that puppy your family’s been begging for right now? Need information to help you avoid scams and identity theft? Every year, BBB…

Free BBB Speaking Events Keep the Community Informed

By Maggie Sueme, Education and Outreach Coordinator For nearly 100 years, Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois has helped consumers and businesses through our mission of advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by: Creating a community of trustworthy businesses. Setting standards for marketplace trust. Encouraging and supporting best practices. Celebrating marketplace…

BBB Tip of the Week: Spring Break Scams

Many college students look forward to spring break, but finding travel deals for beach, skiing or other recreation sites can be tricky. BBB has the following tips for college students and their parents to find good deals and avoid travel scams: Book through a reliable travel agent or travel site. Check its BBB Business Review…

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BBB Tip of the Week: Avoiding Tech Support Scams

Out of the blue, you suddenly get a call from someone at a familiar-sounding computer company telling you that something is wrong with your computer and offering to fix it. What should you do? In most cases, Better Business Bureau advises consumers to hang up on these callers, who likely are trying to commit fraud…