Shopping Scams: Offline and Online Victims
Avoid Wedding Scams this Spring
This spring, love is in the air as many soon-to-be brides prepare for their long-awaited wedding day. With excitement and nervousness every bride deserves to have their big day go off without a hitch. When preparing for the day of your dreams, BBB advises brides to proceed with caution when it comes to buying a wedding dress online, choosing a photographer and selecting a wedding planner.
BBB Warns Against a Summer Scam Going Door-to-Door Nationwide
Better Business Bureau warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck this summer.
BBB Warns Against Craigslist Ads Offering BBB Buyers Protection
Better Business Bureaus across the country are receiving reports of a new scam on Craigslist that deceives buyers by falsely claiming BBB accreditation and participation in a phony buyer's protection program. BBB warns that there is no such thing as a BBB Purchase Protection Program and any online seller claiming participation in this program is scamming customers.
Beware of Phony Invoices
Unauthorized invoices and unordered merchandise continue to show up at places of business across British Columbia due to some misleading telemarketing tactics. Better Business Bureau would like to advise businesses that they need a trained and prepared staff for handling these slick sellers.
Don't Fall Victim to High Pressure Magazine Sellers at Your Door this Summer
Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions. Unscrupulous telemarketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for multi-year subscriptions to magazines they don't want or can't afford. BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck this summer.
FTC Warns Consumers About 'Check Overpayment' Scams
'Check overpayment' scams target consumers selling cars or other valuable items through classified ads or online auction sites. Unsuspecting sellers get stuck with a big loss when scammers pass off bogus cashier's checks, corporate checks, or personal checks.
Steer Clear of iPhone 5 Scams on Facebook, Twitter
With many curious consumers anxiously awaiting the debut of the iPhone 5, social media scammers are taking full advantage and baiting victims with promises of an "inside look." It is important to exercise restraint when random links pop up around social media networks.