$495 Dollars Can Buy Your Business An A or A+ Better Business Bureau Rating

Terrorest Group Gets ‘A’ Rating From Better Business Bureau?
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Los Angeles business owners paid $425 to the Better Business Bureau and were able to obtain an A minus grade for a non-existent company called Hamas, named after the Middle Eastern terror group.

BBB also awarded an A minus rating to a non-existent sushi restaurant in Santa Ana, California and an A plus to a skinhead, neo-Nazi web site called Stormfront. After being paid listing cost of $425 each.

ABC News investigation producer with a camera was present as two small business owners in Los Angeles were told by Better Business Bureau tele-marketers that their grades of C could be raised to A plus if they paid $395 membership fees.

Terri Hartman, the manager of a Los Angeles antique fixtures store, Liz’s Antique Hardware, was told only a payment could change her grade, based on one old complaint that had already been resolved. “So, if I don’t pay, even though the complaint has been resolved, I still have a C rating?”

Hartman then read off her credit card number and the next business day the C grade was replaced with an A plus, and the one complaint was wiped off the record.

In a second case, Carmen Tellez, the owner of a company that provides clowns for parties was also told she had to pay to fix her C- grade, based on a two-year old complaint that she says had already been resolved. The C minus became an A plus the very next day after she provided her credit card number for the $395 charge.

ABC NEWS examination of filings with the federal government revealed that at least 25 of the Better Business Bureau’s top officers a non-profit group had salaries in excess of $100,000. The head of the Los Angeles Better Business Bureau, William Mitchell, was paid more than $400,000, according to the Better business Bureau.

Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal said “Right now, this [BBB] rating system is really unworthy of consumer trust or confidence.”

Did you buy an A rating from the BBB for your business?

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