Tips for Finding the Right Gym Membership in 2019

New Year’s has come and gone, but for some the resolutions still remain. Of those lucky (or unlucky) few, many will be looking to join a gym to shed some unwanted pounds. But finding the right gym can be a workout all on its own. “Before you make that purchase…


Gift Card Scams Prevalent After the Holiday Season

As we move on from the holidays into 2019, many have picked up a gift card or two over the last couple weeks. More than ever websites are scamming consumers out of their gift card balances according to Tyler Russell at the Better Business Bureau. Many websites claim they will…


Fake Company ‘Located’ in PNW Scamming Consumers Across the Nation

You may have already seen their advertisements on your Facebook feed. Custom, handmade quilts just in time for Christmas. For many, the perfect gift as winter approaches. Except it’s all fake. A phony business operating under the name Amelia Cotton Quilt Company out of Salem, Oregon has been scamming consumers…


‘Free Trial Offer’ Fraud on the Rise

Consumers should be wary when it comes to free trial offers. Many free trial offers come with fine print buried on the order page, or via a link, that gives consumers only a short period of time to receive, evaluate and return the product to avoid being charged. Tyler Russell…


Avoiding Tax Scams Heading into Tax Season

It’s National Tax Security Awareness Week. Last year, the Better Business Bureau processed approximately 2,400 complaints (nationally) against tax return preparation services and related businesses (including accountants). For those complaints, the median disputed amount was $500. Tax-related scams are even more prevalent. In 2017, BBB received approximately 3,500 reports to…


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Beware of Mother’s Day Scams

Mother’s Day shopping is expected to total a near-record high this year as the National Retail Federation predicts consumers will spend $23.1 billion on gifts. Popular Mother’s Day items include flowers and jewelry, two industries that have already received an estimated 43,000 inquiries and nearly 200 complaints to Better Business…