BBB: Free Resources on National Nonprofit Day

National Nonprofit Day (NND) on August 17, recognizes the positive impact nonprofit organizations have on their local communities. Better Business Bureau (BBB) wants to remind the community of their altruistic vision of providing an ethical marketplace where consumers and businesses can trust each other. BBB also encourages its communities to utilize the resources provided, at no cost, to become better informed consumers.

“For more than 100 years, BBB has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2018 alone, people turned to BBB more than 173 million times for BBB Business Profiles on nearly 5.4 million businesses all available for free at bbb.org,” said Michael Sedio, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for Better Business Bureau Pacific Southwest.

How does BBB empower the community?

● By offering more than 170,000 business profiles on BBB Accredited and non-accredited businesses, headquartered in the Pacific Southwest. Consumers are able to check ratings, customer reviews and complaints to make informed purchase decisions.

● By posting reviews that are verified and vetted.

● By helping to resolve issues between consumers and businesses.

● By offering advertising review and fostering ethical advertising standards and principles.

● By providing its consumers in-person services and finding people seeking guidance the appropriate organizations.

● By calling out unscrupulous business and advertising practices. ● By providing BBB Scam Tracker, a real-time interactive map on scams and fraudulent trends.

● By offering key information on charitable organizations. BBB evaluates the practices of thousands of charities so donors can know where their money is going.

● By disseminating consumer information through newspapers, radio, television, and printed literature.

● By coaching businesses on ethical behavior, guidance on creating and maintaining effective, trustworthy employees and education to develop stronger, more trusting relationships with their customers.

BBB takes great pride in supporting the communities most affected by scams, offering educational programs to seniors, military families and hispanic communities. BBB also continues its crucial engagement with younger generations by honoring local, ethical, high school students through scholarship programs such as the Torch Essay, BBB Ethical Cadets and Ethical Athletes, along with educational outreach.

Fore more information on BBB’s mission, scam tracker and community events, visit bbb.org.To schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, please contact Kryistyna Hook at 928-302-3701 or kryistyna.hook@bbbcommunity.org

Win a Hotels.com Gift Card!!

Our popular weekend technology show,Tech It Out , is partnering with Hotels.com to offer listeners a digital Hotels.com gift card valued at $250.

For eight weeks, starting August 10th, Tech It Out will offer an interactive promotion.

Listeners will be asked to Tweet why they need a trip and include the hashtag #TechItOut. Hotels.com will randomly select a winner each week. No purchase is necessary and a complete set of rules is published on the Tech It Out website and on Hotels.com.

BBB Shares Top Five Scams Targeting Students Before Heading Off to College

In August, almost 20 million students will either begin college or return to university. Many of these students are leaving home for the first time and will have to face new challenges on their own. Some of these challenges include fraudulent practices that attempt to prey on their financial livelihood. According to the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2018 Scam Tracker Risk Report, younger adults aged 18 to 24 are the most susceptible and vulnerable targets with 41.6 percent of students reporting a loss when exposed to a scam, compared to just 28.3 percent of non-students.

BBB shares the five riskiest scams reported that scholars should be aware of: 

Employment Scams – Looking for a job can be a daunting process. It is easy for students to get excited when they receive unsolicited job offers mentioning “no experience necessary”, “work from home” or a “high pay”. However, these offers are almost always too good to be true. If asked for any personal or banking information and offered an on-the-spot job, exercise caution and always visit bbb.org to determine an employer’s trustworthiness.

Fake Checks  The BBB study found the largest group of victims of fake check frauds are in their early twenties with losses hitting harder, as they are not used to this payment method. One strategy scammers use is to overpay for a product or service with a check. The scammer will then tell the student to send him or her the difference by wire transfer. When depositing a check from an unknown entity refrain from spending until the check has been verified. Be immediately suspicious of overpayments and never wire or send money to someone you do not know.

Online Purchase Scams – According to BBB Scam Tracker, online purchases account for the third most reported scam. This may occur when consumers go online and find a much wanted book or school supplies offered at a huge discount. The student will place an order through the website but never receive the purchased items. Students must look for the “s” at the end of “https” to verify a site’s security and research all businesses at bbb.org before making a purchase.

Rental and Roommate Scams – These scams are particularly prevalent through online classified websites. One such variation is the roommate scam, in which fake “roommates” offer to provide rent upfront, often in the form of a check or money order, despite living out of town. Similar to the fake check scam, the student will receive a payment, higher than required, be asked to cash the check and wire back the difference. Unfortunately, the original check or money order will bounce and they will be held responsible for any money transferred. Students should meet with roommates in person and never wire money to a stranger. The second form of rental scam may occur when students search for housing off-campus. Some rental properties posted online are not real. Making a visit to the rental, before making any deposits or using a reputable rental company can help avoid potential fraud.

Student Loan Scams – When students seek a private loan, it is important to know who they are doing business with and what are the terms. Students should not pay a fee for help in finding money for college, as this information is provided by thegovernment. Scammers may also target those graduating with loans, promising debt forgiveness and lowered interest rates. Do not pay up front, fall for promises of immediate relief, debt cancellation or believe claims of a special connection with federal student loan programs. The U.S. Department of Education provides help forfree. Just call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or visit the government’s student loan website.

“HAVASU PIONEERS” Coming to KNTR Talk

Hosted by longtime residents Kevin Shepardson and Dan Delasantos, “Havasu Pioneers Radio Show” will air on the first Wednesday of each month during Speak Out at 11:00am.

ABOUT DAN DELASANTOS:
When his parent’s role in the Apollo Space program was completed, Dan Delasantos and family moved to Lake Havasu City from Southern California in January 1971, where Dan attended grade school and graduated from LHHS in 1976. With vibrant imaginations, Dan and friends built the Big “N” Crooked homemade houseboat in high school, which became a local icon on the river with its working smokestacks, fireplace, ornamental antlers and lantern lighting. A replica now resides in the Lake Havasu City Museum of History.


Dan’s local work portfolio included companies such as Campbell Boat Company and Citizen’s Utilities Engineering Department until 1985. He relocated to experience his cultural background in Hawai’i for 10 years where he met his wife Mary, the love of his life, and began a career in telecommunications. To continue his corporate telecommunications career, they moved to Colorado to work for ConferTech International, the company that invented the “Conference Call” connecting as many as 6,000 people in one conference. While there, they adopted and raised their children Kim & Kimo Keliiheleua-Delasantos.

Although Dan was living out of town, he continued to spend several weeks each year in Lake Havasu at the family home staying in touch with hundreds of local Havasu Pioneers and residents collecting historic information along the way. Dan went on to write for two national off-road publications, work with the Forest Service, BLM, Colorado State OHV Grant Review Board, and with their kids grown and moved out on their own, Dan and Mary moved back to Lake Havasu in 2016.

Today, Dan continues to maintain his 48-year relationship with the community, write for two well-known OHV and boat publications, owns and operates IVID Technologies, donates his time to Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and hosts the New Havasu Pioneer Radio Show.

KNTR Talk Hosts Dominate “Heavy Hundred”!!

The editors of TALKERS magazine, with input from industry leaders, present the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America – known as the “Heavy Hundred.”

KNTR Talk 106.3 FM is proud to announce that three of the top five talk radio hosts listed on the “Heavy Hundred” are featured on “The Voice of the Free.” In fact, 8 of the top 35 shows on this coveted list air on KNTR Talk.

For a complete list of the TALKERS “Heavy Hundred,” click here.

An Important Announcement for All Veterans…

Until further notice and beginning immediately, the AZ@WORK office located at 228 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City will be closed on Wednesdays and Fridays, but if you need veteran employment services on one and/or both of those days, and I am available, I can schedule an appointment with you. I can then open the door for you so you can job search, use the computers, work on a resume, file a UI claim, and/or assist you with veteran employment services.

Sorry for the inconvenience but this is only a temporary situation.


Todd R. Baldwin
Veterans Workforce Specialist
Reemployment Assistance Administration

Phone: (928) 854-0351  Fax: 928-680-7849