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Chris Hansen to Offer Online Safety Advice at BBB Awards Banquet
October 21, 2008

WORCESTER, MA — October 21, 2008 — Chris Hansen, correspondent for NBC News’ Dateline NBC, will share advice on avoiding online identity thieves, scammers, and other predators as the keynote speaker for Better Business Bureau of Central New England, Inc.’s annual Torch Awards Banquet on Oct. 29 at the Crowne Plaza in Worcester.  Hansen will share tips culled from his well-known investigative reports for Dateline NBC including “To Catch an ID Thief” and other international investigations.

BBB will honor 2008 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics winners Home Staff, LLC of Worcester and JM Remodeling of Webster for their commitment to corporate conscientiousness.

BBB Student Ethics Award winner Brendan Burke, a senior at Burncoat High School in Worcester, will be presented with a $500 scholarship. This prestigious award recognizes students who live up to and inspire others with their commitment to ethical living.

BBB will recognize over 100 businesses from central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut who have reached BBB anniversary milestones — companies that have maintained BBB Accreditation for intervals of five years.  AAA Southern New England and Camosse Masonry Supply, Inc. will top the list with 45 years of continuous BBB affiliation.

The Banquet will be hosted by Jim Polito Morning Show host of WTAG, and will also feature entertainment by the WPI Jazz Band, a cocktail hour, and a silent auction.

Last minute reservations are available by contacting Rose LaFleur at 413-594-2163 ext. 105.

The mission of Better Business Bureau is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and consumers, through voluntary self-regulation, business and consumer education and service excellence. BBB of Central New England, Inc. serves Central and Western Massachusetts and Northeast Connecticut with offices in Chicopee and Worcester.