Better Business Bureau: Craigslist job scam
We have another Craigslist-based scam to report. A local consumer called us to report that she had placed a resume on Craigslist. She only received one response. It was a man who said he was setting up a local office and wanted an assistant. He said he would hire the victim to set up his new office. He sent her a check for $2,500 and told her to deposit the check in her bank account and keep $500 as her salary for the week.
The victim was instructed to send the rest of the money by wire to the office manager, who would buy furniture, etc. for the office. The check, of course, is no good and once the bank finds this out, the victim will be asked to return the $2,500. Sometimes the bank will even threaten to file theft charges against the victim.
Beware of bogus ad
The Better Business Bureau has recently received reports from business owners who said they were contacted by a company selling ads in a "CFNR Guide" or a "Referral Guide" for Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) personnel moving into the Coastal Bend area. They claimed the publication was endorsed by CCAD.
However, military officials there say they have never heard of the company and do not know anything about a guide for their people. One business owner in Corpus Christi reported paying more than $1,500 for one of the ads. Once she had paid her money, she said, representatives for the company stopped answering the phone. Other businesses reported that they were contacted, but did not pay any money. The same scam has been uncovered near Fort Lee, Va. So why do I mention this situation in Corpus Christi?
Simple, to avoid such problems, Victoria businesses need to verify any advertising solicitation, be it for a high school promotion, a Scout troop, college program, etc. Of course, if you know the solicitor, that's different. It's always best to deal with people face-to-face.
Get kennel references
Leaving town? Need a place to house your furry friend? BBB receives hundreds of complaints from consumers every year about boarding facilities, also known as kennels.
Complaints allege problems with billing, as well as concerns about the treatment of their pet. Some owners allege their pets came back from the kennel severely dehydrated, malnourished or covered with fleas, ticks and even maggots. It's a good idea to turn to friends and family members who own animals for recommendations on where they take their furry friend.
Personally visit the facilities. Check for cleanliness and note the overall safety of the kennel and cages. If your pet is prone to running away, ask about steps the kennel takes to make the facility secure.
Fires prompt donation scam calls
It was terrible, those wild fires in the Colorado Springs area. More than 32,000 people were evacuated. Hundreds of homes are gone. Scammers see this as the perfect time to appear, and they are doing just that.
Your BBB has received numerous phone calls and emails saying people have received an automated phone call from various locations asking for donations. The schemers say they would "help fund" the Red Cross. They never identified who they were. The only thing these scammers will help fund is their own pocket.
What should you do? Disconnect immediately from these thieves, whether it be by land line, cellphone or person appearing at your door. If you wish to help, contact your local Victoria charities.
Alan Bligh is the executive director of the Better Business Bureau in Corpus Christi. Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.