March 12, 2013 |
For generations, Americans turned to the Better Business Bureau to find out if the local grocer was cheating customers or if the neighborhood dry cleaner was mishandling clothes. But this week the 101-year-old consumer watchdog turned its sights on one of its own - ousting the Los Angeles chapter that grades local businesses. BBB of the Southland was expelled after years of internal strife and a slew of audits by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The chapter, which was the organization's largest and covered Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties, was accused of demanding that businesses pay membership fees in exchange for good ratings.
March 12, 2013 |
The just-expelled Better Business Bureau of the Southland has no plans to end its mission of fighting for southern California consumers. The former Los Angeles affiliate of Council of Better Business Bureaus has renamed itself the Business Consumer Alliance and is going on the offensive after being booted from the council Tuesday over allegations that it strong-armed businesses into paying cash for inflated ratings. As a result, the new group can no longer use the BBB name or logo.
October 21, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Fake news sites: A company accused of setting up fake news websites to deceptively market weight-loss products and other goods has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC accused Circa Direct and its owner, Andrew Davidson, of running online advertisements that looked like news websites with titles such as “News 6.” The links led consumers to fake news reports about weight-loss beverages, penny-stock investments and work-at-home schemes, the FTC said.
August 12, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Foreclosures: A Seal Beach man has agreed to pay a $5-million penalty to resolve allegations that he operated a fraud that targeted homeowners, renters and banks. Terrill Meisinger agreed to pay the money to resolve a lawsuit filed against him by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Federal attorneys had accused Meisinger of contacting people who were facing foreclosure and paying them small cash payments, typically $500 to $1,500, if they deeded their homes to him and moved out before banks completed foreclosure.
August 5, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Campaign contributions - As November draws closer, campaign-related telephone calls are sure to increase. Some thieves are using the opportunity to scam those with an interest in politics, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent consumer alert. Several people have contacted the BBB to report that they have received suspicious calls from people who said they were raising money for political campaigns. People interested in making donations should visit candidates' official websites, which will include links to safely contribute, the BBB said.
July 15, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Affordable Care Act - President Obama's Affordable Care Act has opened the door to a new wave of frauds, the Federal Trade Commission said in a recent bulletin. People have been making unsolicited telephone calls to U.S. residents, asking for personal information and credit card numbers that the callers say would help the residents receive coverage under the healthcare law. If consumers receive calls from people who claim to be from the government and ask for personal information, such as name, Social Security number or birth date, they should hang up immediately, the FTC said.