BBB Warns Comic-Con International Fans to Beware of Badge Scams

 

Comic-Con International will begin on Thursday July 18 and run through Sunday July 21, 2019. The annual convention, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, now ranks as one of the largest events of its kind in the world, attracting more than 160,000 attendees to the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding Gaslamp Quarter, every summer. For consecutive years now, Comic-Con International has sold out in record time and obtaining a badge has become strenuous. Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns Comic-Con fans eager to get into the convention center to be wary of potential scalpers. Unfortunately, these third-party ticket sellers may sell fake badges and leave some in costume with nowhere to go.

If Comic-Con aficionados are considering buying a ticket from an unofficial seller through a third-party site such as Craigslist, Ebay or showticket.com, they should be aware Comic-Con does not give third-parties permission to change or alter the registration information on a badge. One of the most pervasive scams BBB has found over the years is the reselling scam in which a scammer claims they bought a badge but can no longer attend the convention. They try to resell their badges which they never purchased, claiming they can change the name on the registration information. A key factor for consumers to remember is Comic-Con provides a refund at the buyer’s request, making it unnecessary to resell a ticket.

Another scam BBB has encountered are fraudsters offering to sell extra tickets. Consumers should know buyers are limited to one ticket each, meaning there are no legitimate extra badge sales available.

Most importantly, Comic-Con tickets are non-transferable. Each person must apply for a Comic Con Member ID in order to purchase a badge. Once the member ID is a valid and confirmed, it will be used as a login to be able to obtain a badge. Be aware you have agreed not to sell, trade, transfer or share your badge information.

In addition, if San Diego Comic-Con determines you have violated this policy, they have the right to cancel your badge without a refund. Thus, buying

from a third-party seller is not only more expensive it may put the attendees at risk of being expelled from the event.

For more information or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, please contact Debi Pennington at 928-302-3701 or debi.pennington@bbbcommunity.org.

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

BBB Warning to Summer Travelers

BBB Warns Travelers About Third-Party Hotel Booking Scams

Every day, deceptive websites, online ads and search engines mislead consumers into believing they are booking directly with a hotel website or call center, when in fact they have no relation. A survey commissioned in 2018 by the American Hotel and Lodge Association (AHLA) found 23 percent of consumers reported being misled by third-party travel resellers over the phone or online. That translated to 28.5 million hotel stays and over $5.2 billion in fraudulent hotel booking transactions, which caused extra fees, incorrect accommodations and even lost reservations. The AHLA has long partnered with Better Business Bureau (BBB) to raise awareness about hotel booking scams in an effort to protect consumers. According to BBB, certain types of consumers are at greater risk for these scams, e.g. travelers ages 55 and up and members of the military. According to BBB Scam Tracker, the BBB serving Pacific Southwest has received 169 travel and hotel booking complaints, so far in 2019, with travel and vacation scams costing the average victim approximately $847.

Many hotel booking scams are set up so consumers don’t even know they have been tricked. Most of the time, it starts with a hotel scam website being created and promoted to show up in internet searches right alongside legitimate hotel websites and third-party booking sites.

From there, the fraud committed can take on several different forms. The fraudulent website may steal the victim’s money outright, never making a reservation on their behalf or they might charge the consumer an inflated rate the consumer shouldn’t be required to pay. Consumers likely won’t find out they’ve been scammed until they arrive at the hotel with a confirmation that either isn’t in the system or is for a different room. The AHLA states, “Some 55 million online hotel bookings are affected by fraudulent websites and call centers posing as hotel websites.” “These rogue sites trick consumers by mirroring the look and feel of the actual hotel website — using copyrighted images, trademarked logos and many times, even similar URLs to take consumers for a ride,” comments Michael Sedio, COO and General Counsel at BBB Pacific SouthWest. The BBB suggests these tips to ensure travel plans are not ruined by thieves. Book directly with the source. Before booking a hotel online, customers should make sure they are booking on the hotel’s website. While a lookalike site may have the hotel’s name in their URL, double check the website address leads you to the legitimate hotel site and not a third-party site trying to take over the hotel’s identity. When booking, go to the travel company’s or hotel chain’s website directly.

For example, if a traveller is booking the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel in Croatia, they should go to Hilton.com and book the reservation on the actual hotel website. Search engine results for specific inquiries may present scam sites designed to steal money from consumers.

Use reputable third-party websites. It is common to use third-party websites like Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline. Legitimate hotel booking sites can save money and headaches. However, travelers should be aware of third-party sites that offer suspiciously cheap rates for rooms but in actuality steal their money and disappear. BBB encourages consumers to be cautious of unfamiliar websites or brands, even if they look legitimate. Take the extra step to check the company’s business profile on bbb.org before you book.

Showing up without a reservation might be the least of the victim’s concern, in a situation such as this — the traveler’s identity being stolen or credit card being used are bigger concerns. In most cases, there is little to no recourse. However, if you someone has been a victim of a third-party travel scam, BBB advises to cancel the credit card, monitor the credit score and report the scam to BBB Scam Tracker.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Now Open In Lake Havasu City

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS &SUITES® – NOW OPEN IN LAKE HAVASU CITY

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Havasu – London Bridge September 7, 2018 – The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Havasu-London Bridge excitedly welcomed the first guests on Friday, September 7, 2018. The vibrant property offers 96 guest rooms and sits right next to the world-famous London Bridge with unbeatable views of Lake Havasu.

“We are excited to introduce the Holiday Inn Express & Suites brand to the Lake Havasu area,” said Mark Hanscom, General Manager. “Guests will love our modern décor, state of the art amenities and most of all our above and beyond customer service.”

The new Holiday Inn Express is the perfect place to stay when enjoying all the adventure Lake Havasu City has to offer. Located just steps away from restaurants, shops, water sports rentals and entertainment venues. Wake up to the complimentary Express Start breakfast bar, spend the day hanging by the outdoor pool or stay at the state-of-the-art fitness center. A 330 square foot meeting space is also available for our business travelers.

Guests can relax in style in one of the contemporary guest rooms featuring a 49″ television, microwave, mini refrigerator and complimentary Wi-Fi. Request a premium top floor room with an unbeatable view of the lake and mountains. Whether you are coming to town for business or pleasure, the friendly service and complimentary amenities will ensure your visit is memorable.

Part of the IHG family of hotels, all guests earn IHG reward points during their stay.

About the Holiday Inn Express® brand

Holiday Inn Express® hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start™ breakfast bar with new healthier offerings, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (U.S. and Canada only). There are currently over 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, visit www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress . Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/hiexpress or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.

U.S. Navy Statements on Passing of Sen. John McCain


CAM RANH, Vietnam (June 2, 2017) Sen. John S. McCain III is piped aboard during a visit to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in Cam Ranh, Vietnam. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional peace and security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released)

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and the commanding officer of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), Cmdr. Micah Murphy, released statements Aug. 25 on the death of Senator and Navy veteran John S. McCain III who died Aug. 25 at age 81.

Statement by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer:

“Today, the Navy and Marine Corps team lost a friend and one of our own when Senator John McCain passed.

“From the Naval Academy to flight school and throughout his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, McCain displayed unfailing honor and duty to country. If that was the end of his service, he would still be renowned as a hero, but McCain’s desire to serve didn’t stop when his uniform came off. He continued to serve as a representative and senator from Arizona. Throughout his life, McCain never ceased serving our nation or fighting for what he believed.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the McCain family, their friends and loved ones. Everyone on the Navy and Marine Corps team shares this loss with all who had the fortune of knowing Sen. John McCain.”

Statement by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson:

“The nation has lost a great patriot and warrior. Whenever we were in a tough spot, we knew Sen. McCain would be on our side with his characteristic toughness and integrity. The U.S. Navy mourns the loss of a true shipmate. Our prayers go with him and to his family, that they find consolation. May Sen. John McCain, who never flinched from a worthy fight, rest in a well-deserved peace.”

Statement by USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) commanding officer Cmdr. Micah Murphy:

“On behalf of the crew of USS John S. McCain, I offer our support and prayers to the McCain family, our gratitude to the senator for his years of service to our nation, and a heartfelt traditional Navy sendoff: ‘Fair winds and following seas.’ It is an honor to have our mighty warship carry on your name and continue your legacy.”

DDG-56’s name honors three generations of dedicated service to the Navy and nation. Sen. McCain’s father, Adm. John S. McCain, Jr. served as U.S. Pacific Command commander. Sen. McCain’s grandfather, Adm. John S. McCain was a distinguished World War II carrier task force commander.

Sen. McCain continued this proud legacy as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. As a prisoner of war, he endured more than five years of captivity, representing America honorably and selflessly.

After retiring from the Navy, he continued national service in Congress, first as a representative and later as a senator from Arizona. Sen. McCain took an active interest in the destroyer and its crew, including a visit to the ship during a port visit to Cam Ranh International Port in Vietnam on June 2, 2017. The ship had visited ports in Vietnam several times before over the years in honor of the McCain legacy.

“Good Sunday Show” Ten Year Anniversary Show

“Good Sunday Show” Ten Year Anniversary Show

 

 

 

Images Above: Roger Galloway, Dave Selby, Joe Esposito, and Shadoe Stevens

This very special 10th Anniversary “Good Sunday Show” includes interviews with David Selby the star of Falcon Crest, Joe Esposito best friend of Elvis Presley and special introductions by Shadoe Stevens

Join Roger Galloway as he host “Good Sunday Show” every Sunday from 6 AM – 7 AM

Leadership Lake Havasu 2019 Program

Leadership Lake Havasu

Leadership Lake Havasu is currently accepting applications for the 2018/2019 program.  Interested candidates must complete an application, and will be scheduled for an interview during the program Orientation in August.

Leadership Lake Havasu selects 30 talented and emerging leaders for a 9-month community immersion experience. The class gains insight, inspiration and valuable knowledge while building strong relationships with each other and a broad network of community leaders.

Graduates often see beyond their own spheres of influence to the broader needs of the community and are empowered to heighten their efforts to make Lake Havasu City even better.

Our graduates mark it among the most significant learning experiences of their professional life; and join our vibrant and active alumni with a richer perspective of community leadership.

The program runs from September through May, and the class spends one day per month exploring ideas, learning about our assets, and building strong relationships throughout the Havasu area. The class will also plan, organize and execute a fundraiser to be held in the month of April.

Leadership Lake Havasu is a signature program of the Lake Havasu Chamber Foundation for Education and Leadership.

Tuition is $675 for Chamber members and $925 for non-members. Partial scholarships may be available on a limited basis.  Applications are available online at www.havasuchamber.com and are due by July 31.

Scam Alert

SCAM Alert – claiming to represent MHS, RVHS and LHS when they do not.

 It has been reported from Mohave HS that scam artists are claiming to represent MHS, RVHS and LHS when they do not.

They claim to be collecting funds for the schools athletics such as Cheer or Football. Information about the vendor has not yet been provided. However, if you can alert your fellow businesses, please let them know that if they receive such a solicitation, please try to get as much information as possible and then provide Lance Ross, Director, Public & Community Relations/Public Information Officer, Bullhead City Elementary School District #15 * Colorado River Union High School District #2, with specifics so that he may work with the Better Business Bureau. “We use sanctioned vendors, whether they’re local or national.” said Ross.

If you have any information regarding activity of this sort please do not hesitate to contact:

Lance Ross
Director, Public & Community Relations/Public Information Officer
Bullhead City Elementary School District #15 * Colorado River Union High School District #2
1004 Hancock Road * Bullhead City, AZ 86442
928-219-3012 (direct line)
928-758-3961, x-1412 (switchboard)

www.crsk12.org

lross@crsk12.org