Several businesses said they were on the verge of paying the bogus bills that asked for hundreds.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Better Business Bureau offers 10 tips on avoiding scams and finding the best bang for your buck for all those coupons you get.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Why not resolve to be a smarter consumer? It isn’t hard to do, and it could help you avoid some common scams.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Better Business Bureau offers advice on buying gift cards for the holidays.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The auto service contract companies are at it again, this time using a phony "review" site to persuade customers to call about the contracts, often marketed as "extended warranties" for their vehicles, the Better Business Bureau warns.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Better Business Bureau issued a warning against the contractor.
Several St. Louis-area homeowners say they lost thousands of dollars each to a Fenton contracting business that took their money but did little or no work, according to a warning issued in a news release from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Customers told the BBB that Conyers Construction Company and president Larry B. Conyers reneged on promises to build decks, erect retaining walls or make other home improvements, and then disappeared with their money. Korean War veteran Will Dotson and his wife Barbara from South County said they lost more than $6,000. “I baked them cookies; we gave them tomatoes,” the veteran’s wife said of company employees. “How can (Conyers) live with himself?” The construction company has an “F” grade with the …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The St. Louis BBB is warning fans who are traveling to Texas for the World Series about suspicious hotel offers.
On Monday, the St. Louis Better Business Bureau warned Cardinal nation about World Series ticket scams. Tuesday, an alert came about hotel ads targeting fans that may be scrambling to find accommodations in the Arlington area. The BBB said the ads are cropping up on Craigslist. The Alert A release from the BBB reads in part: Several ads for World Series hotel packages on a classified ad site claimed to offer tickets for a Rams-Cowboys game along with the hotel, a tip-off that the person who placed the ad may not be familiar with the teams in the World Series, the Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. Some ads are full of misspellings, which also can be a characteristic of fraudulent ads. “Sports fans may be anxious to get a hotel room near the …
Monday, October 17, 2011
The St. Louis area Better Business Bureau gives tips on how to avoid dropping wads of cash on fake tickets and con artists.
St. Louis Cardinal fans’ excitement can help carry their team to an 11th World Series title. However, it also can lead to scams that cost them big money. “Sports fans can get burned by purchasing counterfeit tickets or paying in advance for tickets that never arrive,” said Michelle L. Corey in a statement issued by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Corey is the president and CEO of the organization, which warns consumers against scams and fraud. The secondary market for sports and entertainment tickets is a $10 billion a year industry. But during last year’s World Series, scams involved counterfeit tickets or tickets that never arrived, said Chris Thetford, vice president for communications for the St. Louis area BBB. “Basically, there’s …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Several St. Louis-area families have lost money to this man.
The St. Louis Better Business Bureau issued a warning on a fraudulent baseball coach, who has been charging area families for training, games and programs without following through. More than a dozen parents, including at least one family in Oakville, filed complaints with the BBB, each losing between $400 and $1,700. Eric Schifferdecker of Chesterfield put together three teams of 15 boys last fall and collected $1,200 to $1,400 from each family, the warning states. He promised conditioning programs, practice, tournaments and uniforms. Parents said they never got what they paid for and took over coaching the games. They have not received a refund. Schifferdecker is associated with Midwest Baseball Academy, A Game Sports, Play Ball USA and …