“Getting into a financial bind is no fun at all,” says Carmen, of San Antonio, Texas. “I once pawned a bunch of my favorite CDs and couldn’t afford to get them out again without missing a car payment. I lost most of my classic rock and had to buy the White Album again.”
Trying to make ends meet, she says was all she was trying to do. But once she got involved in the bind, she found herself getting in deeper and deeper debt.
“I’m sure if I’d had a call out of the blue offering to loan me a few thousand dollars to pay bills I would’ve been tempted — until they asked me to pay hundreds up front,” she says. “Major red flag.”
That’s what Better Business Bureau calls an advance fee loan scam. The advance fee loan scam is a simple one. In the United States, per Federal law it is illegal for any business to ask for up front fees for loans. These fees are often referred to by a host of different names, such as taxes, processing fees, insurance, or collateral. Regardless of what they are called, these fees are illegal.
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With the shift in the mobile devices market, Business at its Best explores the need and purpose for going mobile in your business. Host Dale Dixon, CEO for the Better Business Bureau serving the Snake River Region, talks with Eric Kellerer from Northwest Nazarene University, John Cotner and Travis Franklin, ICON Credit Union, Rod Puzey, Zenware, Sue Ellen Montgomery, of Diamond Heating and Cooling, and Corey Smith, of Tribute Media.
Knowing when partnering helps you compete is essential in today’s market, guests on this week’s Business at its Best program say. Host Dale Dixon, CEO for BBB serving the Snake River Region, talks with Stephen Cilley, of Ataraxis, Dave Petso, of Petso Financial, Mollie Sweet, of Northwest Nazarene University, Greg Carlson, of OnTrac Coaching, and Paul Frantellizzi, of Good Cacao.
Business at its Best host Dale Dixon, CEO for Better Business Bureau serving the Snake River Region, talks with guest about the latest scams and frauds targeting small business. This week he visits with Dr. Ron Galloway, NNU, Bill Parks, Western Records Destruction, and Les Lake, of Eide Bailly. In addition, he speaks with Tracy Basterrachea of the Meridian Police Department about the latest tactics crooks are taking to cheat business. In addition, Tony Hernandez, owner of Teton Toyota, talks about avoiding internet car scandals.
Business at its best host Dale Dixon, CEO for Better Business Bureau, talks with Sylvia Hampel, Clearview Cleaning, Mollie Sweet, professor at Northwest Nazarene University, Dustin Weniger, Redline Recreation and Debra Duran, Thunder Mountain Line. A pre-recorded interview with manager Matt Ralphs of Jones Sew & Vac follows the discussions.
Business at its best host Dale Dixon, CEO for Better Business Bureau, talks with Jessica Flynn, Red Sky Public Relations, Dr. Konya Weber, Northwest Nazarene University, Brandon Wright, UltraClean, and Dr. Marilyn Melchoirre, College of Idaho. Also, interviewed is Linda Mottishaw, College of Hair in Pocatello.