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Press Releases from BBB of Eastern North Carolina (15 total)

BBB Warns of Scammers Misrepresenting "Cash for Clunkers" Program

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 5, 2009)—Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina (bbb.org) is warning consumers to be wary of e-mail and phone calls attempting to exploit consumer curiosity about the "Cash for Clunkers" program. The Car Allowance Rebate System—also known as Cash For Clunkers—is a government program that gives people a $3,500 to $4,500 discount when they trade in an older, less fuel efficient vehicle to purchase or lease a newer,

BBB Warns of Extended Auto Warranty Companies

Local Complaints Continue Against National Vendor, USfidelis RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2009)—Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (bbb.org) announces today it has seen an increase in complaints and inquiries concerning one of the largest auto warranty companies in the United States. From April 7 through July 20 of 2009, consumers have filed 206 complaints against USfidelis. For the same period last year, consumers filed 132 complaints against the company. In the

Courtney Smith Joins BBB of Eastern North Carolina

Serving as Communication and PR Specialist RALEIGH, N.C. (July 21, 2009)—Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (bbb.org) announces today the appointment of Courtney Smith as its communication and public relations specialist. In this role, Smith is responsible for working with the public and media, developing educational videos and other new media applications, as well as planning and executing special events and community activities. She joins BBB after serving as community

BBB Warns Consumers About Loan Scam

Company Using a Vacant Winston-Salem Address RALEIGH, N.C. (July 7, 2009)—Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (bbb.org) is warning consumers about an advance-fee loan company that is targeting individuals, via the internet, who have poor credit history and difficulty obtaining traditional loans. Consumers are reporting that Bloomfield Lending Group is using a vacant Winston-Salem, N.C. address and claiming to have been in business for 10 years. According to the property manager

BBB Warns of Robocalls Claim to Lower Credit Card Interest Rate

Telemarketers Selling Dubious Debt Assistance Plague Consumers RALEIGH, N.C. (June 11, 2009)—In January 2009, the White House reported a 25 percent increase in credit-card debt over the past 10 years, totaling $963 billion. Credit card debt per household now averages nearly $9,000. Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (www.bbb.org) warns consumers across the state of incessant automated telemarketing calls promising to lower interest rates on their credit cards. Several companies

BBB Warns of Local Computer Repair Scams

Computer Service Companies Highlighted in June Consumer Alerts RALEIGH, N.C. (June 5, 2009)–The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (bbb.org) warns consumers to use caution when selecting service companies that have failed to properly register with government agencies, or have a history of reports regarding unethical business practices. Several complaints have been filed against two Wake County computer service companies highlighted in the June 2009 BBB Consumer Alerts. “Unethical

BBB of Eastern NC Offers Tips to Protect Identity

Free Document Shredding Part of "Secure Your ID" Day RALEIGH, N.C. (April 12, 2009)—With identity fraud increasing—22 percent during the past 12 months, according to a Javelin Strategy and Research survey on ID theft—Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (www.bbb.org) offers advice to help consumers better protect themselves. Taking action now can save consumers future trouble and prevent the loss of money or other valuables. The survey also estimates that 9.9

BBB Explains Stimulus Package Benefits for Small-Business Owners

Financing and Tax Breaks Available RALEIGH, N.C. (March 13, 2009) — With President Obama signing into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on February 17, many small-business owners are eagerly anticipating the benefits of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (www.bbb.org) is offering a summary of several small-business benefits. "The stimulus package is addressing the troubled economy from many angles," says Beverly Baskin,

BBB Consumer Alerts for February 2009

BBB Warns of Garner-based Web Retailer Online Weight-Loss Company Highlighted in February Consumer Alerts RALEIGH, N.C. (February 19, 2009) - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina (www.bbb.org) warns consumers to be cautious when dealing with companies offering free trials, especially when a credit or debit card is used to cover shipping and handling costs. Complaints are being filed regarding the deceptive practices of an online company with a post

BBB Updates Grading Scale

Formula Uses 16 Factors to Grade Businesses RALEIGH, N.C. (January 11, 2009) – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina (bbb.org) announces today it is launching improved BBB Reliability Reports™, which include a more detailed A+ through F letter-grading system replacing the previous ratings scale of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.” BBB provides reports on more than four million businesses online and free of charge at www.bbb.org. The new letter-grades

Pre-paid Bank Cards Popular Gift This Holiday

BBB Offers Advice on Giving and Receiving RALEIGH, N.C. (December 19, 2008) – As many Americans have less time to shop for holiday presents, gift cards are becoming an increasingly popular item to give. A new spin expected to be popular this year is pre-paid bank cards – or stored-value cards. These cards are similar to gift cards, but can be used anywhere credit cards are accepted, allowing the

BBB Offers Advice on Thwarting Shoplifters This Holiday Season

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 5, 2008) – Law enforcement agencies and retailers across the country are reporting an increase in shoplifting and expect the amount of theft to continue to rise during the holiday season. For retailers looking to stop shoplifters, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina (www.bbb.org) is offering guidance to help prevent theft. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that retail theft now accounts for more than

ID Protection Advice from the BBB of Eastern NC

Free Document Shredding Part of “Secure Your ID” Day RALEIGH, N.C. (September 13, 2008) – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina offers advice on reducing the risk of identity theft. Identity protection today can save consumers future trouble and prevent the loss of money or other valuables. A Javelin Strategy and Research survey on ID theft estimates that 8.1 million Americans became victims of identity fraud

BBB Announces Shredding Partners for Free May 3 Event

Companies Join BBB to Help Consumers “Secure Your Identity” RALEIGH, N.C. (April 16, 2008)— The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Eastern North Carolina announces today that ProShred Security of Raleigh and Panther Shredding of Longwood are participating in the BBB’s shredding event to be held May 3 at Ridgewood Shopping Center. The free event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will help protect against identity theft by disposing of information responsibly.

BBB Event Offers Free Identity Theft Protection Advice and On-Site Document Shre …

BBB Invites Triangle Community to Take Part in “Secure Your ID” Day RALEIGH, N.C. (April 8, 2008)— The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina announces it will host a local shredding event for individuals and small businesses on Saturday, May 3 at the Ridgewood Shopping Center in Raleigh. The free event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will help protect against identity theft by disposing of information responsibly. “Shredding