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February 2013 ChrisColeman
Chris Coleman

BBB and FINRA Foundation Launch Smart Investing Website to Help Stop Investment Scams

Better Business Bureau and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation have launched a new consumer website, BBB Smart Investing, which is designed to help investors make smarter investing decisions while avoiding fraud, risky investments and unlicensed brokers. The campaign combines the research and expansive knowledge base of the FINRA Foundation with the extensive consumer outreach of BBB's trusted 100-year-old name and its 104 local operations across the United States.

Presidents Message: Happy February

Plans are falling into place for our Integrity Award programs in April. Judging has recently been completed and our program preparation is underway. We had a record number of nominees and the judges' work was tough. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Des Moines:
Wednesday, April 10th, 11:45 a.m.
Downtown Marriott, Des Moines, IA

Quad Cities:
Thursday, April 25th, 11:45 a.m.
Jumer's Casino and Hotel, Rock Island, IL

Scam Alert: Just Say No To Callers

It's classic scam: a fake tech support caller claims he needs access to your computer to fix a non-existent bug. They will need a credit card number in order to bill you for their fees. But a new twist involves the caller actually installing a virus on victims' computers.

How the Scam Works:

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Some Hollywood movies portray identity theft as a comical occurrence. However, in reality being a victim of identity theft can have large financial consequences. It is extremely important to try to deter identity theft from happening, quickly spot it if it has happened, and take the appropriate steps to defend yourself. The Better Business Bureau offers tips on how to respond in the case that identity theft has taken place.

New Members



BBB Benefits 101
February 15, 2013
Gateway Hotel
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA.
For information or to make a reservation, call Barbara Carson at
(515) 243-8137 x301.

BBB Meet and Greet
February, 19, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.
Tallgrass Business Resources
1239 1st. Ave. S.E. (across from Coe College)
Cedar Rapids, IA
Speakers: Ron Corbett, Mayor and Dee Baird, President of CR Metro Economic Alliance - learn about future plans for businesses in our area.
Bring business cards for networking. Door prizes and refreshments!
RSVP to 319-365-1190 or

Integrity Awards- Des Moines
April 10, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Downtown Marriott
Des Moines, IA

Integrity Awards-Quad Cities
April 25, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Jumer's Casino and Hotel
Rock Island, IL

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)
March 3-9, 2013


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