The BBB is the Better Business Bureau, an organization that helps consumers avoid scams and figure out what companies can be trusted. How can the BBB help you? What services does the BBB offer? And when is it appropriate to file a complaint with the BBB? Learn more about the BBB in these Think Glink stories.
Advance Fee Loans Are Illegal
Did you know it's illegal to ask borrowers to pay a fee before getting a loan? Chicago's Better Business Bureau just warned consumers about a scam wh...
2007 Stats From Chicago’s Better Business Bureau
The bureau closed more than 56,000 complaints in 2007, an 18 percent increase from 2006. More than 77 percent of complaints were resolved. The BBB f...
Better Business Bureau Launches New Ratings System
Better Business Bureaus in some of America's major cities are testing out a new ratings system for its Reliability Reports on businesses. The old syst...
Ranking Insurance Companies
I'm often asked how to figure out whether to go with one insurance company or another. I give the standard answer: * Check them out at Moody's (www.m...
Mortgage Lender Fraud
What is the best way to deal with your mortgage lender if you believe they have committed fraud against you? Mortgage lenders suspected of fraud should be reported to your state's attorney general's office and to your state's agency that commissions mortgage lenders. If you want to take the issue to a more public arena, report the fraudulent mortgage lender to the Better Business Bureau.
Research Septic Problem Before Suing
When considering filing a lawsuit over a possible defective product or system used in your home, much research is required. You must research the product and its installation, in addition to talking with other owners, attorneys and the BBB before pointing any fingers. You should also talk to the manufacturer of the product to determine if others have had this problem and what, if anything, they are willing to do to fix it.
Internet Scams Include Credit Cards And Investments
The Internet is full of scams that sound too good to be true. Learn about some common Internet scams involving credit cards, health care, investments, online auctions and more. Some Internet scams also involve fraudulent telephone charges. Learn how to discover an Internet scam and who to report it to.
Reporting Problems With Online Auctions
If you have problems with an online auction transaction, you have several options for resolving them. First contact the auction site directly. If that is not successful, then you should contact the BBB or FTC commission to file a complaint about the auction site.
When Selling Your Home, Hire Your Own Inspector
Before you list your home for sale, it's a good idea to get a pre-listing home inspection. A pre-listing home inspection will alert you to items that may need repair in and around your home. Getting a pre-listing inspection will reduce the surprises that could appear during a home inspection commissioned by the buyers.