Better Business Bureau Scam

The Better Business Bureau is being victimized by e-mail scams that claim they are an affiliate of the Bureau. Businesses that display the BBB symbol are considered trustworthy and can lead to consumers letting their guard down. The e-mail eventually leads to a Western Union transfer that cannot be traced at the receiving end. The e-mail example the Better Business Bureau uses claims to be an escrow company that will ensure the recipient will receive their merchandise before the seller gets his money. The bottom line is that we cannot trust every e-mail and website that copies the symbols image to their document or site. The bureau recommends that you always check with them, especially when it involves large money transactions. You can research reputable business at BBBonline. Be very Leary of any e-mail Spam and do your research before you buy from any of them. You can also report any scams and frauds at Federal Citizen Information Center.  Here is how easy it is to copy and display the BBB symbol.

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3 thoughts on “Better Business Bureau Scam

  1. The BBB is a scam in itself, they charge fees to ANY COMPANY to become a member.

    There have been numerous border-line scam operations “BBB certified” simply because they bought it.

    It’s exactly like McDonald’s “100% beef” company. Anyone who trusts ANYTHING the BBB lists on any of it’s reports is a fool, a damned fool.

  2. The BBB IS a joke!
    Look, I work at the BBB. I can tell you that while this organization has a admirable cause, you really have to ask yourself what their cause is. The BBB presents themselves to you in the manner that you want to hear. Much like the typical politician. If you are a consumer with a problem, well then they are just the people to call because they look out for you. If you are a business owner they tell you that they are pro-business and founded on the concept of self-regulation. So, how can they be both pro-consumer and pro-business? They can’t. They will tell you that the accredited businesses support honesty and integrity in the marketplace and this allows the BBB to educate the consumers. Here’s all the stuff they don’t tell you.

    1. If you become accredited, you INCREASE your chances of having complaints filed against you. Once consumers know of your affiliation they are more likely to file a complaint with the BBB.
    2. The BBB keeps complaints on file well PAST the 36 months in contradiction to what they tell you. It just isn’t available for consumers to see on the company reliability report. Also, if a complaint is pending it does not show up on the reliability report either. The BBB has NO OBLIGATION to close a complaint. I have seen complaints go unprocessed and left open for years.
    3. If you own a business they will tell you how many inquiries you’ve had or referrals you’ve had. You are being fed a line of BS. The referral number is the exact same for every accredited business in your category.
    4. The system is designed so that if you don’t pay the dues you can’t get as high of a rating as someone who does. A business really is paying for a rating. Watch out for letter ratings as an A rating simply could mean they are accredited (A for Accredited and not A as in ABCDEF)
    5. The BBB claims they resolve 80% of consumer complaints. LIE! What they don’t tell you is that the majority are considered ‘RESOLVED’ because the complaining party didn’t respond to the business rebuttal. Often times, email addresses are bad, mail is returned, etc. and no one at the BBB will try to physically contact the complainant to verify their contact information. This is the BBB’s way of maintaining their 80% resolution rate. From my experience it is closer to 50%. The BBB banks on the fact that after filing the initial complaint the consumers will drop the ball. Want to know how to tell watch for this language ” Company addressed the complaint issues. The consumer failed to acknowledge acceptance to the BBB.”
    6. The BBB will go out of their way to make sure their accredited business complaints are closed in a positive manner. This is not done for non-accredited businesses. If a complaint is filed and the non-accredited business is sent an email (email address supplied by the consumer) and the email fails, the complaint is closed as unable to locate. This is a negative for the business.
    7. Do you have any idea how many complaints are asked to be re-opened because the BBB closed a complaint and one of the parties wasn’t notified?
    8. And don’t get me started on the sales staff. I have heard them tell business owners the largest bunch of bs I have ever heard.
    9. The BBB spends a lot of time trying to figure out how to attract businesses to become accredited to increase their income and pad their own coffers.
    10. Accreditation means nothing. Prior to October 2007 these same ‘accredited businesses’ were members. The BBB just changed the name because they didn’t want to reflect that a business can just pay dues to be affiliated with the BBB.
    11. Do you think they actually perform background checks. Think again. Company pays their dues to the BBB and they are in. The only time a question will arise is if they see something on the company website they don’t like. The BBB accuses honest businesses of being shady even if they have done nothing wrong its just based on a feeling that someone gets.

    Stay away from the BBB. Consumers should use Angie’s List. At least they are funded by consumers. Businesses should join the Chamber

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