BBB Investigation: Austin-based custom clothing website claims to support charities, doesn’t deliver

Austin-based Threadstart.org promotes itself as a way for non-profit groups and individuals to create, buy and sell custom T-shirts and other apparel. Unfortunately, consumers and non-profit groups told BBB ThreadStart did not deliver products after taking payment and did not give promised donations. Consumers also allege they haven’t received promised refunds. Better Business Bureau serving…

BBB Warns About Ebola Scams and Schemes

Fundraisers for Victims May Not Be Authorized Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a variety of Ebola-related scams and problematic fundraisers that have emerged recently. BBB Wise Giving Alliance is working with BBB Serving Dallas and Northeast Texas, where the first victim died and two nurses became infected; BBB Serving Greater Cleveland, where one…

National Consumer Protection Week: How to give wisely all year long

Do you enjoy giving back, but want to be sure your dollar is used responsibly? As part of National Consumer Protection Week, BBB offers some wise giving tips for charitable giving. There are many ways to help those across the world who need the help. From a shocking tsunami to devastating hurricanes, many Americans want…

BBB announces top scams of 2013

Every year, Better Business Bureau receives thousands of calls and emails from consumers who have been scammed. The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Data Book estimates that Americans lost $1.4 billion to scams in 2012. Unfortunately, this year was no different as scammers took advantage of the unsuspecting. Some scams are widespread, getting a lot…

Top five mistakes to avoid in donating to Typhoon Haiyan Relief

BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers contribution cautions for donors  As the public’s attention and hearts are focused on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, BBB Wise Giving Alliance advises donors to take steps to avoid being taken by questionable solicitors or wasting their money on poorly managed relief efforts. The typhoon that hit the Philippines…