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June 24, 1991 | Gregory Crouch, Times staff writer
For close to a century, the Better Business Bureau has tried to help consumers recognize the difference between a good buy and a gimmick. With more than 200 chapters across the country, the BBB keeps a record of customer complaints against a wide range of companies and offers an arbitration service to resolve disputes. The private, nonprofit organization also keeps data on advertising claims and charities. The BBB traces its roots back to Samuel C. Dobbs, former president of the Coca-Cola Co.
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BUSINESS
June 24, 1991 | Gregory Crouch, Times staff writer
For close to a century, the Better Business Bureau has tried to help consumers recognize the difference between a good buy and a gimmick. With more than 200 chapters across the country, the BBB keeps a record of customer complaints against a wide range of companies and offers an arbitration service to resolve disputes. The private, nonprofit organization also keeps data on advertising claims and charities. The BBB traces its roots back to Samuel C. Dobbs, former president of the Coca-Cola Co.
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February 10, 2004 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
A Costa Mesa man who fraudulently raised nearly $7 million under the guise of helping disabled children and researching AIDS was sentenced Monday in federal court to 15 years in prison and was fined $25,000. Through telemarketers, Timothy James Lyons, 35, and his childhood friend, Gabriel Bernardo Sanchez, 37, promised donors that the money would benefit several causes, including homeless shelters and veterans groups, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Ellyn Lindsay.
NEWS
April 22, 1993 | GARY LIBMAN
The $300 green sweater highlighted her red hair and brought compliments--until the dry cleaner returned it with spots. Then, in trying to remove the blemishes, the cleaner ruined the sweater, Molly-Ann Leikin says. When the cleaner refused many requests to pay for the garment, the Brentwood woman complained to the county Department of Consumer Affairs. About 100 people filed such grievances about dry cleaning last year with the department and the Better Business Bureau of the Southland.
BUSINESS
October 29, 1993 | DEBORA VRANA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While a major disaster can bring out the best in people, in some it brings out the worst. With hundreds of Southern Californians already victims of fires ravaging 115,000 acres and nearly 600 homes, in the confusing days that follow, these people are especially vulnerable to becoming victims again--this time by con artists and fraudulent contractors.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it is investigating a new kind of credit repair fraud that subjects people with poor credit to violations of federal tax laws and possible loss of Social Security benefits. Potentially hundreds of people, particularly in Southern California, paid up to $1,500 for credit repair kits that instructed them to give the IRS a false Social Security number, in violation of federal tax law.
BUSINESS
October 29, 1993 | DEBORA VRANA and DENISE GELLENE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While a major disaster can bring out the best in people, in some cases it brings out the worst. Hundreds of Southland fire victims are especially vulnerable to becoming victims again--this time of con artists and fraudulent contractors. "We've seen this time and time again throughout the state, after earthquakes and after the Oakland Hills fire," said Louis Bonsignore, spokesman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs in Sacramento.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE
Consumers who purchased new struts at Sears, Roebuck & Co. are wondering why they were left out of the auto repair fraud settlement reached this summer with the state Department of Consumer Affairs. In the undercover investigation that led to the fraud charges, the California Bureau of Automotive Repair alleged that its agents were sold unneeded struts, a suspension component that is similar to a shock absorber. While shocks are part of the settlement, struts are not.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1991 | S. J. DIAMOND
When the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Virginia tallied up all the complaints and inquiries received by its bureaus last year, it found that consumers had more problems purchasing services than products--lots more.
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