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January 2012 ChrisColeman
Chris Coleman

BBB Names Top Ten Scams of 2011

The Better Business Bureau investigates thousands of scams every year. For 2011 we divided scams into nine major categories and picked the top scam in each, plus we added our #1 most irritating scam of 2011. Read on to find out why...

BBB Presidents Message

As we move into 2012, I am looking forward to another great year in which your BBB Accreditation will have additional exposure and become even more relevant and energized with increased visibility and vitality.

Scam Alert: Cedar Rapids Area Targeted

We've heard it for years: scammers like to use both Midwestern addresses and target Midwesterners because they are kind and trusting. The most recent problem cropped up in Cedar Rapids and after receiving numerous phone calls from residents in Cedar Rapids and other parts of Eastern Iowa, the Better Business Bureau issued an area wide warning to businesses and consumers of a scam being perpetuated by mail. Recipients of a postcard claiming they won $100 to stores such as Walmart, Target, or various gas stations were advised that they should be aware that this is a scam. The postcard instructs the "lucky winners" to call a phone number and claim their prize. Once an unsuspecting consumer would call the number, they were asked for credit card information to pay for shipping and handling charges. The BBB issued a media alert and was able to get the message out across the area that consumers should be aware that they did not win anything and this is merely an attempt to gather credit card information to be used fraudulently.

A Special Tip from the BBB:
Reducing Spam

As the number of people online grows, marketers are increasingly using e-mail messages to pitch their products and services. These unsolicited e-mail messages are referred to as "spam." Usually e-mail marketers purchase a list of e-mail addresses from a list broker, who compiles it by gathering addresses from the Internet.

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