How do you find out if a company is fraudulent?


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To check if a company is fraudulent, contact the Better Business Bureau directly, or conduct a search through the BBB.org. The Better Business Bureau is a national organization that monitors the business activity of companies and handles consumer complaints.

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The Better Business Bureau publishes a database through its website that gives consumers the ability to check the rating of a company before doing business with it. The rating is given based on the number of complaints the bureau received, how the company handled the complaints and other factors. Low-rated companies should be approached with caution, as it is possible they are working under fraudulent terms. A known fraudulent company is often issued an alert with the BBB, which appears on the BBB's main website and possibly through a press release printed in the local newspaper or covered on the local news.

Another way to determine if a company is fraudulent or not is to remember that if a company sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Fraudulent companies may present false opportunities and offers in order to drive consumers to them. This is a luring technique that allows the company to gain more victims.

Word of mouth is also useful when determining if a company is fraudulent or not. If you hear others talking about how a company scammed someone or read an online review of how someone had a bad experience with them, chances are the company is not working under completely ethical terms.

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