BBB Serving Greater Cleveland Launches Scam Alert Text Service
Sue A. McConnell
Want to be the first to know about the latest telemarketing scam hitting our area? Or be alerted to deceptive door-to-door sales? Or phony charity soliciting? Or “too good to be true” free offers? Its as easy as signing up for Better Business Bureau’s new Scam Alerts delivered by text messages.
For Immediate Release - July 19, 2013 -
To sign up - simply text SCAM to 24587. We will keep you informed of the latest scams and help you avoid becoming the next victim.
Scams targeted at seniors are also available. If you are a caregiver, senior services provider, or even a senior yourself - text SENIORS to 24587. Seniors are a vulnerable population and need the added protection of being warned about deceptive “free” medical alert devices, phony charities, investment fraud, and other relevant issues.
There is no fee to sign up for BBB scam alerts. Carrier text messaging rates may apply. If you wish to discontinue the alerts, simply text “STOP” to 24587.
BBB’s Scam Alerts comes on the heels of another new BBB service - ABConnect. ABConnect allows you to quickly locate a BBB Accredited Business that is working nearby and is ready to help. Using a geolocating application loaded on the BBB Accredited Business professional’s smartphone, ABConnect sends your request for service directly to the professional who is in closest proximity to you. This is a perfect solution to emergency home repairs or to quickly finding a trustworthy company to provide the products and services you need. Go to cleveland.bbb.org and click the ABConnect logo for more information.
Scam Alerts - and all BBB services including those listed below - are always FREE to consumers:
Customer Reviews - Read and submit customer reviews on tens of thousands of local businesses.
Dispute Resolution - File online, in writing, or by phone if you’ve had a problem with a purchase. We will contact the company and work towards a resolution.
Business Reviews - Check out business grade ratings before you buy.
Complaint Detail - Read actual consumer complaints and the companies’ responses.
BBB services are available online at cleveland.bbb.org and by phone at (216) 241-7678.