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Looking for a job this summer? Don’t fall for this scam

Looking for a job or internship can be tough and time-consuming. Unfortunately, scammers know this and advertise jobs where legitimate employers do — online, in a newspaper ad or via email. If you are on the hunt for a job, Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin advises you to beware of job scams.

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Thursday 06/16/2016
BBB helps pet owners find trustworthy pet care this summer
Updated: July 06, 2016 - 1:50 pm

For pet owners looking for a safe place to house their furry friend, locally kenneling or boarding your animal is a great option. Still, the thought of leaving your family pet with strangers can be worrisome. Before you head out on your summer vacation, Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin has advice for finding trustworthy pet care.

Wednesday 06/08/2016
Tips to keep in mind when door-to-door sales representatives start knocking this summer
Updated: June 09, 2016 - 4:38 pm

If you live in a home, chances are you have talked to a sales representative eager to sell you cleaning supplies, cosmetics or magazine subscriptions. This summer,Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin advises you to be on guard the next time a sales representative knocks on your door.

Wednesday 05/25/2016
Is your car ready for a summer road trip?
Posted: May 25, 2016

Summertime is almost here, which means vacations and road trips are on the horizon for millions of Americans. Thanks to an improving economy and low gas prices, Memorial Day travel will be the busiest since 2005, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Whether you’re hitting the road this weekend or for an upcoming vacation, Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin advises vacationers to prepare for safe travels.

Wednesday 05/18/2016
BBB offers advice for choosing a child care arrangement this summer
Posted: May 18, 2016

The school year is coming to an end, and summer is right around the corner. For parents, choosing a child care situation can be a difficult decision. One has to consider safety, affordability and convenience to home, work and school. Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin advises asking a lot of questions and doing some homework before settling on the arrangement that is best for you and your child.

Wednesday 05/11/2016
BBB warns consumers of flood-damaged cars following severe storms
Posted: May 11, 2016

In the wake of recent flooding that has swept through Texas, BBB is urging new and used car buyers to be cautious of unscrupulous businesses and individuals who may try to sell flood-damaged cars without revealing the vehicles’ history.

Wednesday 05/04/2016
BBB warns consumers about scams targeting unsuspecting puppy buyers
Posted: May 04, 2016

Puppy love is sweet, but Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin is warning dog lovers to be cautious when searching to buy a furry friend online. In what is called a “puppy scam,” scammers—posing as breeders— use the Internet to place ads offering inexpensive puppies.

Friday 04/29/2016
BBB offers advice for getting your pool ready this spring
Posted: April 29, 2016

With temperatures warming up here in Texas, many residents are starting to fill their pools back up again. A home pool can be a nice addition to your home and a fun way to beat the heat – but it also requires time and maintenance, a good bit of money and the right contractor.

Wednesday 04/20/2016
BBB offers advice for consumers seeking a trustworthy contractor following severe storms
Posted: April 20, 2016

In Texas, severe thunderstorms and hail have left plenty of damage in their wake for residents. On April 18, Gov. Abbott declared a state of disaster advising residents to heed warnings as parts of Texas will continue to receive rain and ongoing floods. Nearly one-half of the state is still under flood warnings.

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