The following sites allow consumers to file complaints and/or access information about complaints that other consumers have filed:
- Better Business Bureau: http://search.bbb.org/national/search.html
- The BBB is actually composed of independent organizations in different metropolitan areas.
- Most, but not all of the BBB's have online databases which are accessed by the national search.
- If you can't find the company using the national BBB search but you know where they're located, use the "locate a BBB" link to access the individual BBB's "company report" facility.
- Although a negative report from the BBB indicates there's a problem which you should understand before doing business with the company, a positive report from the BBB does not mean they necessarily satisfy reasonable consumer expectations.
- Bogus Operation: http://www.bogusoperation.com/
- Perhaps the most entertaining consumer advocacy web site.
- Action plans are included to "fight back" against offenders.
- Specific information is limited to a few companies that have aroused the webmaster's ire.
- ConsumerAffairs.Com: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/rogues.htm
- The Rogue's Gallery lists about 200 businesses
- Use the site search if you're interested in a business that's not listed.
- Selected updates available through their weekly newsletter.
- Some of the pages don't display in Netscape... use IE or Mosaic, or if you prefer, the Netscape "view source" function, to see the text.
- Consumers Revenge: http://www.consumersrevenge.com/complaints.htm
- Complaints are loosely organized by the name of the business
- Crimes of Persuasion: http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/index.htm
- Excellent collection of various kinds of fraudulent activity
- First Consumer Watch: http://www.firstconsumerwatch.com/
- FlimFlam.com: http://www.flimflam.com/news.htm
- Provides information on various schemes and on businesses that are inherently illegal.
- Friends in Business: http://www.friendsinbusiness.com/board1/
- A message board focusing on small business.
- Information on numerous scams is available by searching the archives.
- Netscams: http://www.netscams.com/scam/postscam/index.html
- A message board focusing on scams.
- Rip-Off Report: http://ripoffreport.com/search.asp
- Several new complaints posted every day
- Use the "search all reports" to see latest updates
- Search by company name to see all complaints about a company
- Screwed Central: http://www.screwedcentral.com/
- Wandering Leaf: http://www.treeleaves.com/complaints/
- A message board for complaints. Large majority are advance fee credit card scams.
- WeBBBox: http://www.webbbox.com/list.htm
- Best way to use site is to use the "business list", since the search engine is unreliable
- World Wide Scam Network: http://www.worldwidescam.com/index2002.htm
- Many bogus business opportunities are debunked
- Complete index on left side of home page
Other places to get information about good and bad deals:
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