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BBB The Newsline
November 2013 ChrisColeman
Chris Coleman

BBB Wise Giving Alliance Offers Contribution Cautions for Donors

As the public's attention and hearts are focused on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance advises donors to take steps to avoid being taken by questionable solicitors or wasting their money on poorly managed relief efforts. The typhoon that hit the Philippines over the weekend, described as the most powerful in the world this year, has destroyed an entire town. More than 10,000 are feared dead.

President's Message

It is shaping up to be a busy end to a busy year here at the BBB. We have lots of positive change and look forward to continuing with that momentum in 2014!

Last month we had two great document shredding events and thank our staff, sponsors and volunteers for all of their efforts. We are proud to participate in offering this great opportunity to the communities of Cedar Rapids and Muscatine. Also, plans have now been firmed up for December 9th when we will sponsor another BBB l0l luncheon program in Indianola for Warren and surrounding Counties. Watch for your invitation in the mail and for more information contact Barbara Carson at 515-243-8137 x301.

Scam Alert: The Truth Behind the Area Codes

Rumors are circulating about so-called "scam area codes." According to emails, blog posts and social media on the subject, consumers are led to believe that they will be charged thousands of dollars for accidentally calling scam numbers. That's not true. While you should always check an unfamiliar area code before dialing, here's the real story.

BBB Tips: Don't be Shocked by Fake Electric Bill Collectors

The BBB has received numerous calls from consumers who say scammers pretending to be with utility companies are threatening to shut off their power if they don't pay up. Con artists reportedly claimed the customer's bill was past due and told them to wire a payment or give their credit card information over the phone in order to keep their service.

New Members



BBB 101 Free Seminar and Luncheon
December 9, 2013
Indianola Public Library Community Room
110 North 1st Street
Indianola IA
Area ABís are invited to join us and learn how to make the most of BBB Accreditation!
Contact Barb by calling 515-243-8137 x 301 or barb@dm.bbb.org to RSVP.

Call for Nominations

The Better Business Bureau proudly announces that it is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Integrity Awards. Each year the BBB honors businesses that are selected to receive this prestigious award because of their dedication to excellence in the marketplace.

Nominations will be accepted until December 14, 2013. To nominate a company, please complete the information on the print version of the form and mail, email or fax it to the BBB. Applications are also available online at www.iowa.bbb.org. You may nominate your own company.


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