Watch out for these scams
Do not believe it just because you saw it on the Internet.
Guard your personal information.
Even if the caller promises a prize, an award, a "guaranteed" credit card or a loan, do not give such personal financial information until you see written information about the offer and have checked it out.
Itís not a prize if you have to pay for it.
Donít be slammed.
To protect yourself, read carefully what you are asked to sign, request written information from telephone solicitors and check your phone, gas or electricity bill each month.
Donít fall for high-pressure sales tactics.
Health Club warnings. Ready to get more exercise in the new year? Before joining a health club-the San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising consumers to shop around-stay close to home and avoid clubs that pressure you to sign-up on the spot.
"Choosing the wrong gym can thin your wallet-not your waistline," said Gerry Wilson, BBB president and CEO.
The health club industry operates with the knowledge that the majority of people who buy a membership rarely show up on a regular basis. As a result, there is an emphasis on selling to new customers, which generates more revenue than renewals. Prices can vary greatly and include enrollment and processing fees, finance charges and monthly dues.
The BBB recommends checking out a health club close to home because you're more likely to stick to an exercise routine. Visit them at the time of day when you plan to be there. Is the facility overcrowded? Does the club have exercise equipment and facilities that suit your needs? Leave and go elsewhere if the sales representative asks for your credit card number or deposit check before you have read the contract.
Courtesy RB NEWSJournal
March 18, 2004
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