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Better Business Bureau: Checkout seminars before attending

By Victoria Advocate
May 27, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.
Updated May 28, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.


By Alan Bligh

The Better Business Bureau warns local consumers to think twice before attending "Mega Millionaire Round Table Live" seminars being held in Texas.

These seminars promise to help consumers "learn to make cash" with "no money" and "no credit" by flipping properties they purchase for "pennies on the dollar."

However, dozens of consumers have contacted BBB to complain that they did not get the real estate selling information they expected and to request help getting a refund from the company.

The San Antonio-based company that hosts the seminars encourages consumers who attend the company's "free" seminars to attend another three-day seminar for a fee of $1,497. It's wise to check out any seminar promotion with BBB, but unfortunately, few do.

In the past, we have discussed puppy scams. Now equal time for cats. An online company called Feline Fanatics is running into trouble. Several complaints filed with the BBB allege non-delivery of products and difficulty resolving the matter with the "F" rated company.

Feline Fanatics constructs and sells cat furniture and offers other pet-related supplies. This is a good example of why, when you're doing business online and you can't drive to their location and knock on their door, you really need to check them out first.

Many online retailers tend to have delivery problems once in awhile; it's the nature of the industry. But when it becomes a clear pattern and the company ignores formal complaints; that's a red flag.

BBB is partnering with Department of Transportation to spread the word at work about the need for safe driving policies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling on businesses across the country to make distracted driving policies an integral part of their employee culture. A strong distracted driving policy helps companies save lives, reduce time lost from work due to accidents, reduce insurance premiums, and save money.

The DOT has created a free tool kit that provides employers with education and awareness activities to help them create distracted driving policies that keep their employees safe.

The kit contains materials such as a sample company policy, a sample memo to employees on policy and a sample company press release.

You can get the toolkit at trafficsafety.org/dsww-materials.

In closing, I would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to send me a question or comment. It would seem that more and more folks are reading this column. Hopefully, we are saving you from some grief and helping you keep your hard earned money.

Alan Bligh is the executive director of the Better Business Bureau in Corpus Christi. Contact him by email at abligh@corpuschristi.bbb.org.

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