The start of a new year is a great time to resolve to be a smarter, safer consumer. Better Business Bureauhas 10 resolutions for 2012 that can help you fight scammers, prevent identity theft and save money:
1. Always check out a business with BBB. Nearly 9,500 local businesses meet BBB standards and are qualified to use the BBB Accredited Business seal. Check with your BBB to find Business Reviews for more than 100,000 local businesses.
2. Get everything in writing. Do not just take a company’s word for it. Get every verbal agreement in writing to limit miscommunication and misunderstandings later.
3. Always read the fine print. The details are always in the fine print. Take time to read through all contracts, paperwork and documents in their entirety before signing anything. This will ensure that you know what is expected and fully agree to what you’re signing.
4. Be skeptical of “job offers” that promise easy money. With a high national unemployment rate, scammers are targeting people desperate to find a job. Beware of any job offer, work-at-home (more…)