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No one likes to be late on their bills, so upon reading the official sounding name “The American Business Association,” one could assume the correspondence from the company, which looks very similar to an invoice, is important and deserves an immediate response. That is not necessarily the case.

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Aristotle said, “Well begun is half-done,” but half-done isn’t where the job ends, and certainly isn’t good enough when you hire someone to build the home you and your family will inhabit for years to come.

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A person’s home may be their castle, but for those who live in apartment complexes in Southeast Texas, many are quickly learning that their territorial reign does not extend to common parking areas. Tire touching the grass – your car may not be there when you come back for it. Parked on the line – towed away. Parking pass fallen off the rearview mirror – that may cost you a few hundred bucks.

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Local computer expert and business owner Keith Culotta of Computer Dimensions in Beaumont contacted The Examiner after reading our recent reports of scams affecting the community to express his concern about a tech support scheme.

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It’s July and tax season may be over, but that isn’t stopping scammers impersonating IRS agents from calling to collect whatever they can steal from unwitting victims, reports Detective Lisa Jardine of the Beaumont Police Department.

Jardine’s own family was recently the target of such a scam, but the longtime law enforcer didn’t fall prey to the confidence trick and instead had a little fun of her own.

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After years of scattered success scamming citizens, look-alike business directories continue to target small businesses and companies across the country using the Yellow Pages name and walking fingers logo to swindle profits from proprietors, reports the BBB and FTC.

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Scammers are always taking advantage of what’s new and popular. This time it’s WhatsApp, a smart phone application that allows users to send text, video and audio messages via the Internet. Scammers are impersonating the app to spread malware.

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Fifteen student finalists were honored at the fourth annual Laws Of Life Essay P

Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas held its fourth annual Laws Of Life Essay Program Banquet on Tuesday, April 7. Over 3,100 essays by sixth, seventh and eighth grade students throughout Southeast Texas were submitted for the Laws Of Life initiative. Fifteen student finalists were honored, along with their teachers and school campuses at the banquet, which was held at The Event Centre in Beaumont.

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It's tax season and the scammers are out in full force, out to steal taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. The IRS and the BBB warn that IRS impersonators are calling around the area, trying to cash in by purloining people's personal information and using threats to divert vulnerable victims' cash into the fraudsters' own pockets.

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Important press release from Texas SMP and The Better Business Bureau Education Foundation:

Seniors all over Texas are receiving phone calls from individuals who want to make an appointment to come to your home and deliver a new Medical Alert that is all paid for by

Medicare. But the truth is, Medicare does not pay for medical alert systems and this item is not free!  This is merely a trick for you to give out personal information over the phone to strangers.

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