How the BBB Can Help Consumers Become More Savvy

  
     
April 16, 2010
Ridgeland, Miss., April 19, 2010 -  As budgets tighten for many families, it’s more important than ever to spend your money wisely. For anyone looking for advice on how to make the best financial decisions, your BBB is here to help throughout the year.

“The economy is still in a slump and, now more than ever, consumers need to take control of their spending habits and be vigilant against fraud and scams,” said Bill Moak, President/CEO of the Mississippi BBB. “We encourage everyone to take time to keep the BBB in mind as a tool for protecting their hard-earned dollars.”

Following are just a few ways the BBB can help consumers shop smarter and safer. The BBB is here to help if…

You need every-day advice on how to manage your money and be a savvy consumer.
The BBB offers tips on personal finance topics such as how to build a family budget, hire a contractor or avoid the latest scams. Advice you can trust is available online at http://ms.bbb.org.

You need help finding a business you can trust. The BBB Accredited Business Locator can help you find businesses in your area that uphold the rigorous BBB standards and have made a commitment to support the work of the BBB. There are nearly 400,000 BBB accredited businesses across North America including retailers, contractors and online businesses.

You want to research a business before you buy. The BBB maintains reports on nearly 4 million businesses across North America. Their Reliability Report will tell you how many complaints the business has received, how they responded to complaints and their letter-grade rating reflecting BBB’s experience with the business.

You have a dispute with a business.
The BBB can lend a hand if you have a dispute with a business. Every year BBBs receives hundreds of thousands of complaints from disgruntled consumers, and usually the BBB is able to help resolve the issue quickly and easily.

You have been ripped off by a scammer. While BBB isn’t a law enforcement agency and cannot arrest scammers or unscrupulous businesses, your complaint enables the BBB to identify trends and warn other consumers to help prevent others from being taken advantage by scammers.

Check out all of the online resources and tools BBB provides at http://ms.bbb.org. More information and advice is also available on the National Consumer Protection Week Web site (www.consumer.gov/ncpw).