What you should know before starting a free trial

Let’s face it, the best things in life are free. So trying out a new gadget or vitamin before buying is a no-brainer, right? A free trial can come in handy when you’re trying out a service or using a product that isn’t well known. While these trials can benefit consumers, there are some downfalls that some…

FTC: Free phone scam targeting veterans

A scam that tricks consumers into believing they can get a free phone is targeting veterans. According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers are setting up booths outside Veterans Affairs facilities offering free phones and cell service to veterans. Scammers assure veterans the phone and service is free because of a government program. Months after you…

BBB warns of loan scams during Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week”

Are you strapped for cash? Maybe you just need a little extra cash until payday, or you are an entrepreneur looking for a last-minute loan. Don’t go swimming in shark-infested waters. In honor of “Shark Week,” Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin advises you to watch out for hungry…

BBB celebrates National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. NCPW 2015 will take place March 1 through March 7, 2015. Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust. Thousands of people…

BBB’s Top 10 consumer tips for 2015

Better Business Bureau is proud of our mission; to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. In order to fulfill that mission, every year BBB offers thousands of tips for consumers to help them find a business they can trust. With more than 30 million businesses operating in the U.S. and Canada, people are overwhelmed…

Don’t get soaked – find a pool cleaning service you can trust

Now that the weather has warmed up, people all around Central Texas are preparing their swimming pools for a season of fun. Getting a pool in shape at the start of summer can take a lot of work, so many consumers will choose to hire a pool cleaning service. Looking for a pool cleaning service…

Halloween shopping doesn’t have to be a nightmare

The spookiest day of the year is less than a week away. As you’re looking for those last minute costumes and decorations, it’s important to keep your eye out so you don’t get tricked into thinking you’re getting a sweet deal. When looking for a place to shop, BBB recommends: Research the store with BBB….

Celebrate National Consumer Protection Week with Your BBB!

The 14th celebration of National Consumer Protection Week will be held March 4 – March 10. Along with numerous other government organizations and nonprofits across the country, BBB is going the extra mile in encouraging every consumer to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed purchase decisions. BBB will be participating in…