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  • I Can’t Help You If You Can’t Help Yourself

    Question: Dear Steve, I am in debt and need to find a way out Is your company rated by the Better Business Bureau? Owens Answer: Dear Owens, Your question landed in my inbox at a time I...

    • Posted May 7, 2018
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  • Brookstone Law Sues Better Business Bureau Over “Pay to Play” Grading System

    Brookstone Law out of Newport Beach, California has just filed suit against the Better Business Bureau of the Southland and the parent Council of Better Business Bureaus. One can only suppose this is over the F rating...

    • Posted December 26, 2012
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  • Better Business Bureau BBB Email Scam Alert

    It appears someone is using the BBB to spoof emails to get people to go to various sites. The BBB says, “Better Business Bureau is issuing an urgent SCAM alert cautioning businesses and consumers about an email...

    • Posted December 8, 2011
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  • The BBB Warns Of Possible E-Book Scams

    According to the American Association of Publishers e-book sales are growing exponentially. Between the months of January and August of 2011 e-book sales increased 144.4 percent to $649.2 million. In February the sale of e-books actually overcrowded...

    • Posted November 18, 2011
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  • First Ever Central Florida Law Firm To Be Forced To Resign From BBB

    KEL law firm, formally Kaufman, Englett & Lynd, has been forced to resign from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Florida. The resignation of this Orlando based law firm marks “the first area law firm to...

    • Posted November 7, 2011
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  • Chimney Sweep Scams Sweeping The Country

    You know, I moved to the South in an attempt to prolong warm weather enjoyment and avoid winter and cold weather, however, this year like many others I’ve found an early winter and cold autumn nights. In...

    • Posted November 2, 2011
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  • Second Annual Small Business Saturday Could Mean Deal For American Express Cardholders

    November hosts Small Business Saturday! Never heard of it? Me either. But apparently in honor of the day which is dedicated to small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year the Better Business Bureau (BBB)...

    • Posted November 2, 2011
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  • BBB Warns of StubHub E-mail Scam

    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) announced last week that a new phishing scam could be hitting an e-mail inbox near you! False e-mails are being sent from what appears to be ticketing sales site, StubHub (you know,...

    • Posted October 31, 2011
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  • True Cradle Robbers – Stealing Credit From The Cradle

    It’s often not a parent’s first thought to check the credit report of their minor child, however, it may now become a necessity. Not because a child may fraudulently be using credit without their parents’ knowledge but...

    • Posted October 17, 2011
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  • BBB Warns Of Gift Card Scam

    It looks as if the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning the country yet again of gift card scams. Once back in July and again in September the BBB put out warnings that consumers should be very...

    • Posted October 5, 2011
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  • New Sweepstakes Scam Using Bank Of America And BBB Logos

    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning of another sweepstakes scam now circulating. Apparently phone calls are being made stating you’ve won $3.5 million but in order to receive your money you have to wire them $25,000...

    • Posted September 26, 2011
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  • Penny Auctions: If You’re Not Winning, You’re Losing

    A week ago the BBB posted an article in the blog section of their website entitled “Penny Auctions: Unless You Win, You’re Probably Wasting Time and Money.” Personally, I found it hard to believe that penny auction...

    • Posted July 6, 2011
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  • BBB to Regrade Debt Settlement Companies

    Multiple sources have now come forward to share with me information that shows the BBB has written an extensive guide on regrading BBB debt settlement company members. The bottom line is that the BBB recognizes the importance...

    • Posted March 7, 2011
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  • William Mitchell, the CEO of the LA BBB, Resigns Amid Pay-for-Play Grading Scandal

    Not that long ago a controversy exploded that the BBB grading system was broken and not fair. A number of revelations came out and some of them not so flattering to the BBB. The Los Angeles Times...

    • Posted December 28, 2010
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  • Another Swift Kick to The Debt Settlement Industry

    On top of a miserable performance at the Senate hearings on debt settlement and the rolling out of the new Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act, the Better Business Bureau has issued a strong warning to consumers to...

    • Posted April 30, 2010
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  • I’m in Debt and Talked to CCCS and They Said They Could Not Help Me. – Ray

    Ray “Dear Steve, I have about $75,000 in credit card debt on 3 cards. I know I have been spending beyond my means and I have already changed my ways. I didn’t have any trouble paying my...

    • Posted March 8, 2010
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  • How Do We Get Out of Debt When We Owe More Than We Make in Net Income? – John

    “Dear Steve, My wife and I have over $30000 in credit card debt, $20000 in a 2nd mortgage and owe my father $9000 (and we haven’t even begun to pay him yet). We pay roughly $900 a...

    • Posted January 4, 2010
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