BBB warns: Know what you are signing up for
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The Better Business Bureau serving Mississippi has been receiving calls over the past several days inquiring about an organization from Memphis, Tenn., called Black Farmers & Agriculturalist Association, Inc.

The organization is soliciting memberships from individuals for a fee of $100 a year to help support their efforts and to be part of a class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture.

The initial lawsuit that was settled only covered black farmers that farmed between 1981-1996 and who tried to secure a government loan during that period.

The suit has already been settled and the deadline to file expired on May 11, 2012.

The organization has already held informational meetings in Meridian and Hattiesburg, and a meeting was scheduled for West Point on Thursday.

The Black Farmers & Agriculturalist Association, Inc. currently has an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau serving the MidSouth located in Memphis, Tenn.

BBB wants consumers to make sure they understand what they are signing up for.

"Joining an organization doesn't mean that you necessarily have a valid claim to a class action lawsuit," said John O'Hara President/CEO of BBB serving Mississippi

"We want people to do their research before they sign any paperwork and check the status of any class action lawsuit to make sure you meet the requirements."

Contact BBB serving Mississippi if you suspect fraud or for additional tips and alerts at 601-398-1700 or 800-987-8280.

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