Tickets for a full list of indoor and outdoor summer concerts are hot. But before you look into purchasing, be aware of phony sellers and ticket scams.
- Tickets sold on unsecure third-party sites rather than the venue or festival website.
- Sellers who share sad tales of why they have to sell their tickets.
- Anyone requesting a money transfer as payment.
- Pressure to buy tickets fast.
- Too good to be true prices.
Warmer weather brings everyone outdoors, including door-to-door salesmen. Complaints are rolling into the BBB Scam Tracker warning of fake utility workers, shoddy repair or landscapers, fake air conditioning and home alarm inspectors.
- Someone shows up on your doorstep without an appointment.
- All sales are done via cash, check or money transfer (not credit card).
- There are no written warrantees or contracts.
- You’re being pressured to purchase something on the spot.
This time of year, fraudulent travel agents and scam sites pop up offering cut-rate vacation discounts.
- The company doesn’t have a physical address or phone number, and the only way to make contact is through a website.
- There are multiple spelling and grammar errors on the website
- The price seems to be too good to be true.
- Travel booking is only available via funds transfer, check, cash or gift cards.
Don’t let you summer job search end in disaster. Know how to discern if potential employers are out to steal your money, rather than help you make some. Checking the employer’s BBB Business Reviews is a good place to start your research.
- The person hiring you says you must pay fees up-front for training materials or a background check. (Some education and other positions require you to pay for background checks only AFTER you have had an in-person interview and been offered a position with a contract.)
- You receive an unsolicited job offer for a position you never applied for.
- The employer doesn’t have a website or won’t share contact information with you.
- The employer neglects to provide a written outline of the job description.
May is National Moving Month and opens the busiest season for moving with high activity continuing through September. To avoid falling victim to a moving scam, know what to look for.
- You’re not offered a written contract to review.
- The business does not provide insurance information.
- The moving truck is unmarked or doesn’t match the business name.
- The movers request an up-front deposit or only accept cash payment.