Better Business Bureau

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    October 6, 2014

    Post-Dispatch Subscribers Targeted by Scam, "Renew Now for Only $489!"

    As if daily newspapers don't face enough challenges these days. Now there's this. Last week homes throughout the St. Louis area began receiving subscription-renewal notices for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The only problem? The invoices (asking subscribers to make two payments in two months totali ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Kinfolks Soul Food Festival Leaves Forest Park Trashed, St. Louis Crowd Furious

    An Oklahoma-based production company with an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau did little to improve its reputation during a stop through St. Louis on Saturday. Slideshow: Kinfolks Soul Food Festival in Forest Park Those who attended the Kinfolks Soul Food Festival on Forest Park's Art Hi ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Wife of Alleged Auto Scammer Flips Out At KMOV: "I'm The Pretty Lady!"

    Say what you will about local TV news, but KMOV (Channel 4) delivered a hell of a show yesterday when reporter Chris Nagus confronted the wife of Tadarrel Qualls, an auto-lot owner who is being sued for duping customers into buying cars without titles. KMOV has been hounding Qualls and the north-c ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    SaveMore.Com: Another Daily Deal Site Runs Afoul of the BBB

    ​, a Texas-based daily deals site, has had more than 1,000 complaints from 45 states filed against it in the last ten months, according to the Better Business Bureau. The business currently has an "F" grade with the BBB, the lowest possible ranking. That's quite an achievement for a bu ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Beware of Prying (and Pervy) Santa Sites

    Image viaBeware pervy/prying Santa​How sweet!Little Johnny logs into a website. It allows him to write an e-mail to Santa Claus, explaining how good he's been this year.  Or he finds a site that promises Santa will pen him a personal letter, if he just plunks in his mailing address. Um, time ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Joplin Charity Says It's Not Phony, Despite BBB Warning

    rescuejoplin.orgRev. Terry Lee admits he's not wise to technology, but he knows the way of the Lord.​The Better Business Bureau says is a "phony non-profit" attempting to raise funds for the tornado recovery in Joplin. The organization is the third charity in just the past week ac ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Owners of U.S. Fidelis Indicted for Fraud, Stealing, Unlawful Merchandising

    consumerist.comYes, an angel's halo really did adorn the US Fidelis logo.​I admit it. Given all the allegations regarding bad business practices made against brothers Darain and Cory Atkinson over the past couple years, I thought they'd already been criminally indicted. Apparently not. Well, not u ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    BBB Warns Parents About New York Studio/ "The"

    Is your kid the next Miley Cyrus? Maybe so -- but The ain't gonna make it happen, the BBB says.​ If you dream of your child becoming the next Miley Cyrus, there's more than one reason to beware: That radio ad you just heard might cost you $1,000. On at least three separate occasions, The (pr ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Rich Dad? Poor Dad! BBB Urges Caution on Kiyosaki-Inspired Seminars

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad seminars offer get-rich advice -- but left Shawn Moody significantly poorer.​Shawn Moody just wanted to get back to work. After a career in sales, the 50something Moody found herself unemployed in early 2010. So when she heard about the Rich Dad, Poor Dad seminars coming to her ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011
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    April 5, 2011

    Debt Collection Company Fights Off Missouri AG -- Again

    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster​Deception? Unfair practices? The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District says those may be A-OK for a Kansas City debt collection company targeted by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.Why? Turns out that, per the court, the statute Koster was using t ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Direct E-Cig Burns Missouri Customers, BBB Says

    The BBB gives Direct E-Cig an F.​Smokeless cigarettes may be better for your health than the traditional cancer sticks.But when it comes to your wallet, the Better Business Bureau says, look out! They say they've received complaints from customers from 44 states, including 40 complaints from Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Once Under Cloud, Local Charity Changes Name, Rights Ship

    ​Five years ago, an investigation into a St. Louis charity called Reach Our Children revealed that its president, David J. Lovell, had poured 3 million dollars into a marketing company co-owned by his wife. Lovell was quickly shown the door, and a new president, Renee Verhoff, came on board ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Are Months-Late Wedding Pictures Better Than None At All?

    image via​UPDATED with a correction 12 p.m. November 17If there's one thing recent Better Business Bureau reports have taught us, it's that not all weddings result in a happy ending. No, stupids, we're not talking about divorce!The BBB issued an alert about Fotos 4 Life late last month, warni ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Jennifer McConnell: Wedding Photographer Wins Ass Clown of the Week

    That's right, g-rrr-lfriend.​The results are in, and for the first time ever, a wedding photographer has taken the title of Daily RFT's Ass Clown of the Week. Jennifer McConnell, proprietor of Fotos 4 Life, walked away with 43 percent of the vote after the Better Business Bureau last week warned c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Big Screen Plus TV Repair Blasted by BBB

    The Better Business Bureau isn't mincing words about a Lake St. Louis television repair business -- they say Big Screen Plus has earned an "F."Don't let Big Screen Plus near your tube, says the BBB.​The BBB reports that they've received 18 complaints against the business in the last three years. I ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    SLU Students Being Cheated Out of Apartment Deposits, Says BBB​Kids these days. What's wrong with them? They're always walking around, dying their hair blue, poking holes in their faces. Their underwear is always hanging out of those baggy trousers they insist on wearing. And then they have the nerve to actually try and get their ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    100 Dogs Removed from Breeder in Mid-Mo, Rescuers Urge Public to Vote Yes for Prop. B

    Because we're tired of those sad photos of caged dogs that always accompany stories like this one, behold: a literal "puppy mill". ​A dog breeding facility in Camden County voluntarily surrendered its animals to the Humane Society today. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Crue ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Anti-Puppy Mill Prop B Fundraising Goes to the Dogs

    MOFed: This doxie wants you to vote for America.Fundraising in support of Proposition B, the anti-puppy mill initiative that will be on Missouri's ballot come November 2, is far outstripping the funds raised by those who oppose its passage, reports the St. Louis Beacon. The Humane Society of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer Without Even Trying

    image viaThis could be you...ish.​You there, kicking it at the desk job. Aren't personal trainers sexy? With the help of St. Louis-based American Sports and Fitness Association, you too can become a certified personal trainer! And by proxy, you'd become -- that's right -- sexy.The ASFA offers onli ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Bulldog Roofing is Full of Bull, Says BBB

    image via​The Better Business Bureau has sent out an alert on local business Bulldog Roofing, telling consumers not to patronize them after reports of the company cashing customers' checks--including one of a 73-year-old woman--and then not completing work, alongside numerous complaints of unsolic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Aaron Duncan, CEO of Duncan Group, Pleads Guilty to Pyramid Scheme

    ​Aaron Duncan, former CEO and owner of The Duncan Group, has pleaded guilty to yesterday to federal fraud charges involving a $3.9 million investment scheme. According to court documents, Duncan represented that The Duncan Group was involved in real estate investments, including buying, rehabili ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, April 16-18, 2010

    This weekend's especially good for having fun on a budget: You can find proudly weird $5 art auctions, the free opening of Grant's Farm's season, local hip-hop shows and more. Here are our ten suggestions for weekend fun that will cost you less than $10. Looking for live music? Here's the weekend co ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    BBB: Missouri is Puppy Mill Capital of U.S.

    ​The Better Business Bureau is out with a scathing report on the dog-breeding industry in Missouri. According to the BBB, Missouri is home to 30 percent of federally licensed dog breeders in the United States. That's four times the number of dog breeders found in the next highest state. State law ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    US Fidelis Files for Bankruptcy; Owners of Auto Warranty Firm Used Company Like ATM

    kmov.comUS Fidelis paid the mortgage for Darian Atkinson's gaudy mansion in Lake St. Louis. ​Wentzville-based US Fidelis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. The company that sells extended auto warranties has been under attack since last April when the Better Business Bureau announced that ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Columbia Company Busted for Office Supply Scam​Don't deal with SVT Inc., the Columbia office supply supplier. The Better Business Bureau is serious. So serious they've issued two warnings for consumers to stay away from SVT. They only do that when they really mean it.So here's the scam: SVT will call up your c ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Keep Your Wallet Far From Spazio's Westport Tonight​A Texas Internet-type company called iJango is holding a meeting at Spazio's in Westport tonight to attract St. Louis-area investors, and the Better Business Bureau is warning St. Louisans to be wary, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.More specifically, the BBB ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    BBB Warns of Massive Douche-Baggery on Twitter

    As if Twitter Spam wasn't bad enough, the popularity of Twitter is now attracting yet another form of lowlife scum. The Better Business Bureau put out a warning on their website yesterday to watch out for schemes where someone promises you to get paid to Tweet. One of the websites that the BBB ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009
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    April 10, 2009

    Founder of Company Assailed By BBB Complaints Building $17 Million Mansion

    KMOV (Channel 4) is out with photos of the ginormous home, mansion, estate, castle that Darain Atkinson -- co-founder of Wentzville-base U.S. Fidelis -- is building in Lake Saint Louis. U.S. Fidelis sells extended auto warranties. The Better Business Bureau reports that in the past 36 months it has ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008
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    October 6, 2004

    Bad Medicine

    Has the St. Louis College of Health Careers failed to deliver on promises of a good education and rewarding jobs?

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    September 15, 2004

    Chutes and Ladders

    Bill Stallings, the mastermind behind the Chase Hotel renovation and one of St. Louis' biggest movers and shakers, has tumbled hard

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    July 21, 2004

    Highway Robbery

    Beware of auto-transport companies that promise safe and timely delivery of your car

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    July 24, 2002

    Serial Tiller

    When it comes to ripping people off, John Tiller and the Civil Rights Legal Defense Team just keep going and going