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BBB The Newsline
March 2012 ChrisColeman
Chris Coleman

BBB Mobile Giving Foundation is Partnership of Two Leaders

Mobile giving is quickly becoming a critical tool for charities to raise much-needed funds, especially when disaster strikes. In order to give donors the most trustworthy and safe option for quick "text to give" donations, the Mobile Giving Foundation has joined forces with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance to create the BBB Mobile Giving Foundation, a co-branded effort to grow the mobile giving channel, strengthen mobile giving industry standards and accountability, assure donor confidence, and reinforce nonprofit acceptance of the mobile giving medium.

Presidents Message: BBB Protecting Our Area Consumers

The BBB was recently in the news when we were inundated with calls concerning advertising activities of a company selling a service plan. Homeowners throughout our area received in the mail an official looking notice from HomeServe USA offering water service line coverage. The company provided a PO Box in Des Moines, IA for a return address. The BBB has confirmed with HomeServe that they do not have an Iowa location and are using a local P.O. Box. The company does have locations in Miami, FL and is headquartered in Stamford, CT. Perhaps you too received this letter.

Scam Alert: Phishing Emails Change Focus

Businesses and consumers across the country are now being hit by an on-going email scam, with a new twist, that claims to be from the Better Business Bureau. The fake complaint transmission emails started in November, and have changed forms a number of times. Most of them include a virus — if the recipient clicks on a link.

A Special Tip from the BBB:

According to the Federal Trade Commission, 279,156 identity theft complaints were reported in the U.S. in 2011 — the single largest category of complaints. This figure does not take into account those who did not report that their identities were stolen or those who failed to realize that their identities had been compromised. Some tips on safeguarding your personal information are below.

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