The Better Business Bureau has a warning about unscrupulous companies guaranteeing or promising scholarships, grants or fantastic financial aid packages.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
As high school winds down for Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb seniors, the Better Business Bureau is warning of scholarship and financial aid scams.
Need money for college? Doesn't everybody? With tuition bills skyrocketing, and room and board going through the roof, students and their families are looking for creative ways to finance a college education. Unfortunately, in their efforts to pay the bills, many of them are falling prey to scholarship and financial aid scams. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), unscrupulous companies guarantee or promise scholarships, grants or fantastic financial aid packages. Many use high pressure sales pitches at seminars where you're required to pay immediately or risk losing out on the "opportunity." Some unscrupulous companies guarantee that they can get scholarships on behalf of students or award them "scholarships" in exchange for an…
Monday, February 18, 2013
The videos are available at OnGuardOnline.gov.
The Federal Trade Commission released a series of video tips to help you protect your personal information online. The videos are available at OnGuardOnline.gov, the federal government’s site to help computer users be safe, secure and responsible. The new video Using Public Wi-Fi Networks, explains that most public Wi-Fi hotspots don’t encrypt information you send through the network. So, if you login to an unsecured website — say a social networking site — or enter personal information in a web form, you may be sharing that information with others on the network. Hackers could use the information to hijack your accounts, or to impersonate you. When using Wi-Fi, it’s important to know that secure hotspots require a password, and secure …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Better Business Bureau offers these tips to help you decide where to direct donations to assist storm victims.
As many as 100 homes and a number of businesses were damaged Wednesday after a reported EF-2 tornado sliced through downtown Adairsville and killed a 51-year-old man. Today, relief and recovery efforts are underway. According to Cartersville Patch, a Facebook page with resources for people who need assistance is live. Additionally, the page includes information for those who want to donate their time and money to help Adairsville rebuild. But before you give, the Better Business Bureau offers the following tips. Be cautious when giving online. Be cautious about online giving, especially in response to spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. If you are seeking to give to a charity organization involved in …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Better Business Bureau offers these tips.
Shop on trustworthy websites. Check a seller's reputation and record for customer satisfaction at bbb.org. Look for the BBB seal and click to confirm the link is valid. Beware of “too good to be true” deals. Offers on websites and in unsolicited e-mails can often sound too good to be true, especially extremely low prices on hard-to-get items. Go with your instincts and don’t be afraid to pass up a "deal." Beware of phishing. If you receive an e-mail claiming problems with an order that asks for personal information or financial information, BBB recommends calling the contact number on the website where the purchase was made to confirm that there really is a problem with the transaction. Confirm the website is secure. Always look in the …