Better Business Bureau Florida

Published: 11th May 2007
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Better Business Bureau Florida

Better Business Bureaus are organizations that work professionally to protect consumers against scams fraudulent and deceptive business practices, including those used in advertising and sales. In this article, you'll discover why you should also be careful with BBBs, or else you will kick yourself for it, for a long time.Better Business Bureaus carry out their jobs, by answering and investigating the consumers' complaints. They were established in 1916 as an outgrowth of the early vigilance committees of a national association later called the "american advertising federation". Their agencies operate as systems of local offices, usually financed by the local business community, and of national offices, financed and funded by dues from companies of more than 100,000 members. Their membership is composed of business interests in a community, such as manufacturers, retailers, advertising agencies, and media representatives.

BBB are major influences on truth and accuracy in marketing and advertising. Their parent organization, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc., works to help new industries develop standards for ethical and responsible advertising and also provides information about marketing / advertising regulations, recent court decisions and administrative rulings and terms that affect advertising.

However, one should always be careful not to fall a victim of some of the sites, that offer bogus Better Business Bureau services, to gain trust, or give bogus BBB invoices when someone is pursuing some items. Things like: cars, motorcycles, boats, jet skis and similar items that are advertised on auction, classifieds sites and other Websites. Sites where such items were allegedly listed, include: eBay, Craigslist, and

Recently, a consumer in Florida reported being told to use and pay for a "BBB Auto Buyers Protection Program." This got him and everyone very mad, especially because of the increase of such incidents in the state of Florida recently.
The CBBB has reported the fraudulent activity to several law enforcement authorities. They have also taken steps to prevent other consumers from being victimized by demanding that the individuals involved, at mean time, cease and desist from using the BBB name to pursue their extortion programs and schemes."

Therefore, customers are advised to take note of the following:

-The BBB does not operate a "Better Business Bureau Insurance Service", and also, it doesn't offer a "BBB Auto Buyers Protection Program"

-The BBB is not a 'preferred insurance service provider' for sites like EBay or any other entity

-The BBB doesn't manage or has anything to do with financial transactions for online merchants; and

-The BBB doesn't issue profiles or reports on individuals; BBBs report on only businesses.

Some of the fraudulent e-mails attempt to lure and encourage buyers to proceed with the "Better Business Bureau Managed Transaction" by emphasizing that the BBB is an objective third party, protects the online buyers and sellers, is highly effective in completing a successful online transaction, deals with and resolves thousands of cases each month from EBay and other marketplaces, has a Privacy Policy designed to protect you and your info and treats your personal info with the utmost care.

These are all, ofcourse, false claims that use the name of the BBB and you should be careful not to be a victim of them.

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