A tipster (send in your tips here) asked me to look at a website for a debt relief website called Debt Savers. Their concern was the use of the BBB logo as a badge of trust by this company.
And they are correct, the Debt Savers website at DebtSavers.us or DebtSavers.info does display the BBB Accredited Member logo on the top right of the site.
What makes this an interesting case to discuss is if the BBB logo can actually be displayed by this company.
A search on the BBB website could not locate a company called Debt Savers. It wasn’t until I chased down the domain ownership that I found a possible link.
The domain DebtSavers.us is owned by a lead generation company:
Best Rate Referrals, LLC
6785 W. Russell Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118
So my question to you is at what point does a marketing company step over the line in their use of the BBB logo to promote a lead generation site?
Do you think that the company that actually holds the rating should be prominently identified or is this practice just fine with you?
It looks like this same practice is being used on other lead generations sites that are part of this companies network as well. – Source
Other sites in this network include:
When Does It Become Deceptive?
Putting the BBB logo issue aside for a moment. In the case of the Debt Savers website isn’t it likely that the average consumer visiting the site might actually believe that Debt Savers is a real company?
Apparently there is no such company. It is only a lead generation site.
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