From the BBB: Scams Targeting Women

From the BBB: Scams Targeting Women

Some highlights:

-Weight loss & fitness
-Cosmetic services
-Online dating
-Work at home
-Car & home repair

Weight loss & fitness
Things to watch for:


-"Miracle” or “life-changing” results
-False urgency or “buy now” tactics
-Aggressive upsells
-Promises not in print
-Confusing contracts and cancellations
-Free trials and sneaky billing

Cosmetic Services
Things to watch for:


-Aggressive upsells
-Unrealistic testimonials
-No printed price sheets or contracts
-Today-only specials
-No credentials (Oregon Medical Board and/or Board of Cosmetology)

Online dating
Things to watch for:


−Work or travel abroad
−Unavailable by phone or video chat
−Too personal too quickly
−Emotional stories or urgent pleas
−Financial favors

Work at home
Things to watch for:

−High salaries and big part-time earnings
−Minimal experience or qualifications needed
−High-pressure job pitches
−Abundant grammatical or spelling errors

−Insufficient contact or company information
−No written job descriptions
−Job invitations from unknown senders

−Substantial upfront investments for trainings, starter-kits or merchandise
−New bank account requests
−Money-wiring requests
−Overpayment paychecks with wire transfer instructions


Car repair
Things to watch for:


−Inflated pricing
−No estimates
−No ASE certifications
−Negative reviews online

Home repair:
Things to watch for:


−Collecting full payments before completing job 
−Improper licensing with state contractors board
−Unmarked vehicles

In general:

−Check state business registration.
−Verify industry competency licensing.
−Use bbb.org for free BBB Business Reviews.
−Do research on Internet search engines.
−Look for full contact information.
−Get contracts and promises in writing.

The BBB offers free presentations to groups with this and other information.  If you are interested, you can contact the BBB at events@thebbb.org.