Better Business Bureau http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/promises-promises-scammers-target-student-loans-unclaimed-property-and-government-grants <p>Keep your guard up, gentle consumers. There are anglers among us.</p><p>Here are four recent alerts worth noting:</p><p><strong>1. Illinois Attorney General Sues Student Loan Debt Relief Companies</strong></p><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued debt relief companies that she says exploit people struggling to repay student loans. Some of the marketing strategies are reminiscent of the way scammers duped vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:18:35 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 38100 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants Avoid Holiday Scams, 'Grinches,' 12 Tips From St. Louis BBB http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/avoid-holiday-scams-grinches-12-tips-st-louis-bbb <p>Midwesterners are often known for their kindness and, unfortunately, some people take advantage of it, especially during the holidays.</p><p>Host Don Marsh talked with Bill Smith, an investigator for the <a href="http://stlouis.bbb.org/">St. Louis Better Business Bureau</a>.</p><p>They addressed ways to avoid becoming the victim of so-called “grinches,” including these twelve tips to outsmart scammers.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:41:13 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 7303 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Avoid Holiday Scams, 'Grinches,' 12 Tips From St. Louis BBB Stop Repair Bills gets over 200 complaints, garners "F" grade from BBB http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stop-repair-bills-gets-over-200-complaints-garners-f-grade-bbb <p>The<a href="http://www.bbb.org/us/"> Better Business Bureau</a> received more than 200 complaints nationwide about an auto warranty marketer based in suburban St. Louis.</p><p><a href="http://stoprepairbills.com/index.php">Stop Repair Bills</a> of St. Peters also is getting an "F" grade from the Better Business Bureau.</p><p>The company markets auto repair plans, but Bill Smith, a trade practice investigator with the BBB, says customers are missing the fine print.</p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 23:25:41 +0000 Maria Altman 266 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stop Repair Bills gets over 200 complaints, garners "F" grade from BBB "Missouri's 15 Worst Charities" named by Mo. Attorney General Koster http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouris-15-worst-charities-named-mo-attorney-general-koster <p>Though many may consider this the season of giving, do you ever wonder exactly how much of what you give actually gets used for its intended purpose?</p><p>Missouri Attorney General<a href="http://ago.mo.gov/"> Chris Koster</a> released today a list of "Missouri's 15 Worst Charities." The list is based upon the percentage of the charity's total expenditures actually used for charitable purposes.</p><p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:09:55 +0000 Kelsey Proud 167 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org "Missouri's 15 Worst Charities" named by Mo. Attorney General Koster