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Better Business Bureau warns consumers of ‘going out of business’ online shopping scam

DETROIT – The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an online shopping scam involving “going out of business” advertisements.

Melanie Duquesnel, president of the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan, said the difficulty they’re finding is that clients are not getting the product but yet they’re getting charged for it.

READ: Scammers use multiple methods to target victims — Here’s what to watch out for

“Just because an advertisement is on Facebook doesn’t mean that it’s a 100% trustworthy business,” Duquesnel said.

The BBB recommends doing your research before you buy anything online, search a company to see if others have complained, look up reviews and always pay with a credit card, that way if there is a problem you can dispute the charges.

With more people buying cars, RVs and boats online, the BBB says vehicle shipper and escrow scams are going up.

According to the BBB,

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The Better Business Bureau Awards Next Level Urgent Care Its Top Honor

Coveted 2020 Pinnacle Award Recognizes the Organization for Exemplary Practices and Service

HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Next Level Urgent Care, LLC is among the select 2020 organizations recognized by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for excellence in the marketplace, an honor reserved for exemplary businesses serving as role models for their character, expertise and commitment to quality and trust.

The award, which is selected by a designated board of judges, the Silver Fox Advisors, recognizes only a small number of businesses each year. Nominees are considered for two levels of awards – a Winner of Distinction and a Pinnacle Winner.  Business practices and approach, as described by each organization, are reviewed and scored.

The winners were recently announced and celebrated online in lieu of the October luncheon cancelled amid the COVID pandemic. Next Level Urgent Care was recognized with the 2020 Pinnacle Award, a top honor among

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  • As we enter the homestretch of the 2020 presidential campaigns, listen in on Tuesday, September 29, at 1 p.m. ET for a live conversation with Business Insider’s politics team.
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Better Business Bureau says fake ‘free trial’ scams on the rise as pandemic shifts shopping online

For Springfield resident Debi Thieman, a one-ounce pot of DermaFil beauty cream turned out to be a derma-fail — after an online vendor selling the stuff started clawing extra money out of her bank account a month after she made a payment to the company.



a person holding a camera: Debi Thieman paid for what she though was a "trial" container of DermaFil online in August but a month later was $89.87.


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Debi Thieman paid for what she though was a “trial” container of DermaFil online in August but a month later was $89.87.

“It’s supposed to improve your skin,” Thieman, 63, told the News-Leader on Wednesday. “It’s supposed to be like a magic formula.”

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But, she said, DermaFil doesn’t work any better than the skin creams she typically buys from Walmart.

She bought the DermaFil product because it was advertised on Facebook, Thieman said. In August she willingly paid two bank charges, one for $6.87, one for 21 cents, for what she thought was a “trial” container of DermaFil. But

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Better Business Bureau says fake ‘free trial’ scams are up because people shop online during the pandemic

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Debi Thieman paid about $7 for what she thought was a “trial” container of a beauty cream, DermaFil, advertised on Facebook. A month later, DermaFil debited her bank account for an extra $89.87. (Photo: Nathan Papes/Springfield News-Leader)

For Springfield resident Debi Thieman, a one-ounce pot of DermaFil beauty cream turned out to be a derma-fail — after an online vendor selling the stuff started clawing extra money out of her bank account a month after she made a payment to the company.

“It’s supposed to improve your skin,” Thieman, 63, told the News-Leader on Wednesday. “It’s supposed to be like a magic formula.”

But, she said, DermaFil doesn’t work any better than the skin creams she typically buys from Walmart.

She bought the DermaFil product because it was advertised on Facebook, Thieman said. In August she willingly paid two bank charges, one for $6.87, one for 21

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