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    Ma_Nic is offline Junior Member
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    Default Better Business Bureau Scam

    We recieved a phone call this morning from a woman who claimed to be with the Better Business Bureau. Her name was Terri Wilson and she stated they were just now looking into the storage unit business as prospective customers. They wanted us to join their organization. She told about the different benefits that would be offered to us.....a plaque, stickers, legal services, and a website and 800 number we could call to see if anyone had lodged a complaint against us. All we had to do was join with our credit card. She stated that they could not and did not send any written documents to us to read before we joined. That this would cost us $305.00 per year or ten payments of $30.50. I told her that we did not do business in that way.
    We ended up calling our local police department and after looking into it they
    called us back and told us that it was a scam. They said to do a search on the phone number and we would find out more.
    We did and found the following web site: http://800notes.com/ the phone numbershe called us from was 866-907-1001. We wanted to let you all know that this was a scam in case they tried to call you.

    Frances
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    Ma Nic

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    I had this same call a few days ago "Offering to boost our rankings etc." and they are just coming into this market. Yeah... right.

    Everyone just always remember...

    DO NOT EVER GIVE THREE (3) positive responses during one of these phone calls. Not even an Uh-huh, or they've met the criteria for your approval.
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    Thanks for the heads up!!
    Wayne
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    Just to clarify, the BBB does charge for membership, however they will fax, mail or email information to the business upon request. Like others, they prefer to do as much electronically as possible and save costs, but the REAL BBB will work with you before obtaining payment.

    Also, there are others that are claiming to be 'authorized' by the BBB to boost your search engine rankings by putting you under their 'service' which is a URL they're trying to populate with people who are willing to provide a credit card number for them to use. They will show you an example if you type something they tell you about into a search window.

    However BUYER BEWARE, even though you can find something in a search does NOT make it legitimate.

    And one last hint; NEVER give out business or credit card information to anyone on an inbound call. This seems so simple, but some of the scammers can be VERY convincing that they are from the legitimate organization they are purporting to represent.
    Gina 6k
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    You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!
    I am not an attorney, just an experienced manager who is willing to share what I have learned. Your thoughts, practices or opinions may vary and neither of us may be right.

 

 

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