| June 4, 2015

Using the BBB to Your Advantage

How to ensure the financial services that you use are really reputable.

What’s the quickest way to make a bad financial situation even worse?  Easy – just skip the due diligence of using the Better Business Bureau to vet the financial service providers you want to use. After all, without the BBB, you’re essentially rolling the dice on getting swindled every time you use a new service provider.

It may seem like no-brainer, but often as consumers we’re in a rush to get the help we need NOW. As a result, we push through the selection process and choose service providers quickly in order to find relief sooner rather than later. However, this leaves a lot of room for fraudsters to sneak in and take advantage.

Rushing through the service provider selection process may explain why mortgage and debt management scams are consistently along the FTC’s Top 20 most common complaints received. In 2014 alone, over 12,000 consumers wound up dealing with service and fraud complaints on top of their debt problems.

So how do you avoid getting taken advantage of?

Consolidated Credit sat down to talk to Brodie White, the former President of the South Florida Better Business Bureau to get his take how consumers can use Better Business Bureau ratings and company pages to evaluate reputable credit counseling services. Here’s what he had to say:

For more information on how to avoid debt relief scams, Consolidated Credit offers five tips to help you find a reputable service provider. Additionally, if you’re looking for BBB-accredited credit counseling services, please visit Consolidated Credit’s Better Business Bureau page to see how we rate.

"We are really proud to recommend Consolidated Credit" Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our partnership with the United Way as a United Way Chairman’s Circle Organization.

"We are really proud to recommend Consolidated Credit" Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our partnership with the United Way as a United Way Chairman’s Circle Organization.

All Consolidated Credit counselors are certified personal financial counselors (CFC) We've helped 5 million people get out of debt! Call us today and see what we can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is honored to receive the 2012 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. The EIFLE awards acknowledge innovation, dedication and the commitment of organizations that support financial literacy education worldwide. See what Consolidated Credit can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is honored to receive the 2012 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. The EIFLE awards acknowledge innovation, dedication and the commitment of organizations that support financial literacy education worldwide. See what Consolidated Credit can do for you.

The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling are a set of guidelines for quality homeownership and counseling services. Industry professionals who adopt these standards can be trusted to provide consistent, high quality advice.
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Time tested and customer trusted. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services has been a BBB Accredited Business since 1998 and has a current A+ rating. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

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Time tested and customer trusted. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services has been a BBB Accredited Business since 1998 and has a current A+ rating. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

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Consolidated Credit is proud to be an ANAB accredited member. Accreditation by a recognized and respected body such as ANAB ensures the impartiality and competence of our company. To see what we can do for you, give us a call.

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