Editorial Results (free)
1. Follow the Rules for Sending Commercial Email Messages
- Tuesday, August 7, 2018
If you’re like me, you regularly receive emails from people or companies you don’t know, peddling products or services you have no interest in. Sorting through them can be time-consuming and annoying. If they don’t comply with requirements for sending commercial messages, they’re illegal.
2. Scammers Trick Consumers into Answering the Phone
- Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Many consumers have become conditioned to not answering an unsolicited call from an 800 or other number they don’t recognize. Crooked telemarketers use a technology called “spoofing” to get past their defenses.
3. Endorsers Must Disclose Material Connections
- Wednesday, June 13, 2018
How much weight would you give to a glowing review about a luxury vacation resort if you knew the reviewer had been paid to say great things or given free accommodations? That’s an example the FTC uses in discussing its Endorsement Guides, which are designed to help companies ensure their ads aren’t misleading.
4. Tips to Halt Small Business Scammers in Their Tracks
- Wednesday, May 30, 2018
One of the oldest, but still popular, scams perpetrated against businesses is the “office supply scam.” Small businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools and other organizations are tricked and even intimidated into paying for supplies they didn’t order.
5. FTC Frowns on Bogus Product Claims
- Thursday, May 3, 2018
Parents want to see their kids do better in school. Seniors want to avoid or delay the cognitive decline that often accompanies aging. People who are overweight or suffering from a serious disease hope to find a miracle treatment.
6. Fake Hotel Booking Websites a Growing Problem
- Thursday, April 5, 2018
NBC ran a story about a family who booked a room on the ocean but found they had no view of the water at all when they got to the hotel. A family of five arrived at the hotel and found that the room reserved for them only had one king bed. It was summer in Florida, the hotel was full, and there was nothing the manager could do to accommodate the families.
7. Businesses Must Protect Children’s Information
- Thursday, March 22, 2018
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires a company to safeguard information collected online from children under 13. That includes clearly disclosing to parents what information it collects and how it will be used, and seeking verifiable parental consent. The company must take reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality and security of the information.
8. Avoid These Gaffes in Your Advertising
- Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus monitors national advertising in all media, examining claims made by companies in diverse industries. It accepts complaints from consumers, competitors and local BBBs.
9. Take Steps To Find Reputable Locksmith
- Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Better Business Bureau recommends that consumers and businesses line up a reputable locksmith before they need one. In an emergency, or even non-emergency, they won’t be at the mercy of an unqualified technician or out-and-out scammer.
10. Tech Support Scams Target Everyone
- Friday, January 19, 2018
A study conducted for the BBB by Steve Baker, a retired FTC regional director, found that it’s only a question of when, not if, a person will be targeted in a tech support scam.
11. Counterfeit Products Harm Consumers and Businesses
- Thursday, December 28, 2017
Fingerlings were hot toys this past holiday season. They’re interactive monkey finger puppets that sold out quickly at some stores. Desperate parents searching for them online were relieved to find the toys for sale on well-known and other seemingly legitimate websites.
12. Help Your Employees Avoid Student Loan Scams
- Thursday, November 30, 2017
I read a lot of press releases from the Federal Trade Commission about enforcement actions against companies it alleges have deceived consumers, including many that are out-and-out scams. A recent one included a plea to companies to help protect their employees from student loan debt relief scams.
13. FTC Frowns on Misleading ‘Made in USA’ Claims
- Thursday, November 9, 2017
The FTC gets unhappy when a company says its products are “Made in USA” but don’t meet the standards for making such claims. It settled charges this year with companies in a variety of industries whose unqualified claims that their products were “Made in USA” or “Built in USA” weren’t true.
14. Data Breaches Hurt Consumers and Businesses
- Tuesday, September 26, 2017
I recently served on a panel with an assistant U.S. attorney and a postal inspector talking about identity theft and offering advice on how to avoid becoming a victim. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other organizations also offer tips.
15. Delete Personal Data from Rental Car Systems
- Friday, September 8, 2017
I only have occasion to rent a car once or twice a year and have never paid for navigation, Bluetooth, streaming music, or other newer technologies that may be available.
But people who do should heed an FTC alert titled “What is your phone telling your rental car?”
16. Companies Can Be Identity Theft Victims
- Friday, July 14, 2017
More than 15 million consumers were the victims of identity theft in 2016. Companies can also have their good names misappropriated in a scheme to defraud consumers.
A business may not know its name is being used fraudulently until it starts getting calls from angry consumers who think it’s cheated them. It may not suffer any financial loss, but has to devote considerable time to dealing with the victims and its reputation may suffer from being linked to the scam.
17. Gag Clauses Outlawed
- Thursday, June 15, 2017
BrightLocal, a search engine optimization consulting company, found that 91 percent of consumers regularly or occasionally read consumer reviews in making a buying decision. Its survey also revealed that 84 percent of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation and that 74 percent say positive reviews make them trust a local business more.
18. How Did Vols Not Win More With This Talent?
- Friday, May 5, 2017
One check of the 2017 NFL Draft shows why Tennessee was the favorite to win the SEC East Division last fall.
UT had six players drafted in the first four rounds, the most for the program since 2002, breaking a two-year drought with no players. The six Vols drafted tied for the most since 2010 and 2007. Eight Vols were drafted in 2003 and 10 drafted in 2002.
19. Arkansas Governor Vetoes Mass Picketing Bill
- Monday, April 10, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed a bill that would have criminalized mass picketing in Arkansas.
The Republican, who vetoed the bill Thursday, commended the goal of trying to ensure public safety but said the measure's vague language would have a "chilling effect on free speech and the right to assemble."
20. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.
Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.
21. Local Company, Job Seekers Victims of China Domain
- Saturday, July 16, 2016
High Speed Delivery, a Memphis courier service, has reported being the victim of business identity theft, according to the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.
The company recently became aware that emails using its name are being sent to job seekers who have posted their resumes on job search sites online. The scammers are emailing the job seekers saying they’ve seen the posted resume and want to offer the person a position in their company, according to a release.
22. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.
23. Daniel Allen Joins Red Door As Financial Adviser
- Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Daniel Allen has joined Red Door Wealth Management as vice president, financial adviser, marking Red Door’s first hire of a financial adviser since its inception in 2010. In his new role, Allen helps develop client relationships and financial strategies that solve complex financial issues and create value for clients.
24. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.
25. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician
- Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.
26. BBB Fields Increased Inquiries
- Friday, January 21, 2011
Local consumers are increasingly turning to the Better Business Bureau to find reliable services, despite the rise of a number of alternative websites that enable consumers to rate their experiences and leave feedback.
- Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Greater Memphis Chamber will hold a small business council breakfast Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn East Memphis, 5795 Poplar Ave. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. For reservations, contact Erick Milford at 543-3518 or email@example.com.
- Monday, June 21, 2010
The Annual Golf Classic to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will be held Monday at TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind. The two starts times are 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Fees include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a golf shirt with goody bag and prizes. For more information, call 278-2947 or visit www.bgcm.org.
29. Jewell Receives Certificate of Planning
- Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Laura Jewell of A2H has received a certificate of planning from the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Jewell holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University in 2002. She has five years' experience in the planning field and more than three years' experience in landscape architecture.
30. BBB LaunchesAccreditation Initiative
- Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has launched a new initiative aimed at "reinforcing its position as a trusted adviser to consumers and businesses."
The BBB has adopted the term "BBB Ac
31. Archived Article: Events
- Wednesday, November 17, 2004
The Health, Education and Housing Board meets at 3:30 p
The Memphis Regional Chamber presents Breakfast Forum 2004 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday at Holiday Inn Select-Airport, 2240 Democrat Road. Joseph Lee, president and chief executive offi...
32. Archived Article: This Week
- Monday, November 15, 2004
GIS Conference Held at University of Memphis
University of Memphis Hosts GIS Conference
The Memphis Regional Chamber presents the 2004 GIS Day Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central...
33. Archived Article: Bbb (lead)
- Tuesday, December 9, 2003
BBB tackling on-line consumer fraud
BBB Tackles Online Consumer Fraud
Uses own Web site to collect complaints, educate public
The Daily News
Responding to a surge in e-business activity, the Better Business Bureau of the M...
34. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, March 27, 2003
Amended lemon law less sour for consumers
Amended lemon law less sour for consumers
By BRYAN MASSEY
The Daily News
For three to four years, Memphis attorney Kevin Snider has heard new-car owners from Mississippi and Arkansas wonder aloud...
35. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, March 26, 2003
George T. "Buck" Lewis
George T. "Buck" Lewis, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, recently was elected to represent the Ninth Congressional District on the Tennessee Bar Association...
36. Archived Article: Bbb (lead)
- Thursday, October 24, 2002
Arising from the still-simmering ashes of recent corporate scandal and surprise corporate executive chameleons emerges the nee
New director keeps BBB on solid footing
By ANDREW BELL
The Daily News
Arising from the still-smoldering ashes ...
37. Archived Article: Marketplace (credit)
- Monday, June 22, 1998
In this age of materialism and spending, many parents want to give their kids a solid lesson in financial responsibility. However, even with our societys buy now, pay later mentality, giving kids their own credit cards may not be the wayto go. Furth...