AAA Africanized Bee Removal Illegally Uses BBB’s Logo, despite “F” Ratingby Nick LaFleur on Jun. 24, 2010, under Life, scam, Tips
Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is alerting consumers to AAA Africanized Bee Removal (AABR), a Tucson-based bee removal company that has repeatedly misled consumers by using BBB’s logo in its advertisements, despite not being Accredited, and having an ‘F’ rating with BBB.
In a recent complaint against the company, Andrea Barber- a Tucson consumer- provided BBB with a copy of AABR’s business card, which unlawfully uses BBB’s logo.
“It’s very misleading,” she told BBB. “To put a Better Business Bureau logo on their card is unconscionable.”
This is not the first time AABR has used BBB’s logo without authorization. AABR was notified of trademark infringement in 2005, 2006, and 2009 for using BBB’s logo in their yellow pages ads and on their business cards.
In 2006 and 2007 BBB spoke with the company on multiple occasions, and informed them that BBB’s logo was a registered trademark, and the company was not authorized to use it. AABR has an ‘F’ rating with four unanswered complaints, and is not eligible to be a BBB Accredited Business.
If consumers see a business advertising their Accreditation with BBB they can call (520)888-5353 or visit www.tucson.bbb.org to double check the business’ Accreditation status.