Update from Ralph Bristol Morning News - BBB Middle Tennessee can be heard Fridays at 7:35am on the Ralph Bristol Nashville Morning News, WTN 99.7 (FM Radio)
Celebrate Armed Forces Day
Hosted by Supertalk 99.7 WTN’s Ralph Bristol
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at American Legion Post 88,
2864 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN Noon – 3 p.m. (or longer)
- Entertainment by Larry Dewese -- Dj/Karaoke/Guitarist/vocalist extraordinaire!
- plus open mic - show off YOUR music (or comedy) talent and get discovered!
- including Karaoke – sing your favorite song with professional backup
- Food and drinks (including beer) sold by American Legion Post 88
- Displays by the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard
- A Marine swearing in at 1:30 is planned
Active Duty (including Reserve) military eat and drink FREE! (courtesy Ralph & friends)
Ø No cover charge!
Ø Free parking!
BBB Military Line, http://www.bbb.org/us/military-line/
The military arm of the Better Business Bureau, provides free resources, such as financial literacy information, access to BBB services and scam alerts, and complaint and dispute resolution for all branches of the U.S. military. BBB warns of the following scams that are directed at service members:
- High priced military loans - Advertisements for loans that promise a guarantee, instant approval or no credit check will often come with hidden fees and extremely high interest rates. Remember that legitimate lenders will never guarantee a loan before you apply and loans that require an upfront fee are likely a scam.
- Veterans’ benefits buyout plans - This buyout plan will offer a cash payment in exchange for a disabled veteran’s future benefits or pension payments. The cash amount is only about 30-40% of what the veteran is entitled to. These buyout plans can be structured in several different ways, so research thoroughly before signing anything over.
- Fake rental properties - Stolen photos of legitimate rental properties are used in advertisements that promise military discounts and other incentives. Service members will have to pay a fee via wire transfer for security payments or a key to the property – in the end they will receive nothing.
- Phony jury duty summons - A caller clams to work for the local court system and states that the service member did not show up for jury duty and now has a warrant out for their arrest. When the victim says they never got a summons, the caller will ask for a credit card number or Social Security number to clear up the matter.
- Misleading car sales – Websites posting classified ads will offer false discounts for military personnel or claim to be from soldiers who need to sell their vehicle fast since they have been deployed. Upfront fees will be required via wire transfer, or the vehicle will have problems after purchase.
- Expensive life insurance policies – Members of the military are often the targets of high pressured sales pitches that offer unnecessary, expensive life insurance policies. Solicitors may make false statements regarding the benefits that these policies offer.
BBB recommends the following tip to avoid Identity Theft scams:
- Put an Active Duty alert on your credit reports when deployed. Doing so will minimize the risk of identity theft because creditors and businesses cannot issue or grant credit until verifying identity.
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