Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Business

June 6, 2014

Better Business Bureau Hot Topics for June

Warmer weather brings pesky door knocks

With warmer weather, it’s likely you’ll be hearing more knocks on your door.

More salespeople are out knocking on doors, trying to convince consumers to buy their products. How can you handle these situations?

If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s okay to ask the person to leave. BBB doesn’t encourage you inviting them into your home.

If the salesperson starts putting pressure on you to make a purchase, know you don’t have to make a decision on the spot.

A trustworthy company should allow you time to think about the purchase and compare prices before buying.

BBB suggests taking time to consider all possible options and do your research with BBB at www.bbb.org/indy.

If you do decide to purchase a product on the spot, ensure you have a receipt giving all details of the purchase.

If the purchase is more than $25 and it is made in your home, keep in mind FTC’s Cooling-Off Rule. Learn more about the rules and specifications by visiting the FTC site here.

Recent security breaches offer protection reminders

The Internet is part of our daily lives, and there have been several recent security breaches. According to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2012 an estimated 16 million people in the U.S. had at least one incident of identity theft.

To help protect consumers on the Internet, BBB recommends consumers do these tasks before doing anything online.

Make sure anti-virus software is up to date on your computer.

Run virus scans regularly.

If making a purchase, use websites that begin with https:// and have the lock icon in the URL.

When using a website for transactions, look for the privacy policy and find out what information they use.

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