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5 Summer Scams to beware of: Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau is warning Central New Yorkers about five common scams that rear their heads as the weather heats up.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The Better Business Bureau is warning Central New Yorkers about five common scams that rear their heads as the weather heats up.

With summer just around the corner, the BBB says to beware of these scams:

Summer Concert Ticket Scams - Before paying for concert tickets online, make sure the seller is reputable as oftentimes phony sellers will trick consumers into wiring money. Most concert venues now allow ticket holders to print tickets from their computer, which gives scammers the opportunity to sell the same ticket over and over. The BBB says to be wary of sellers who offer a sad tale as to why they cannot use the ticket, will only accept cash, want the money wired or transferred through a prepaid account and/or pressure you to act quickly.

Vacation Scams - Fake travel agents and websites are known for touting too-good-to-be-true deals in the hopes of getting your money in return. Whether it’s a fake timeshare rental or a falsely promised Disney vacation, don’t let a vacation scam take you for a ride. The BBB says to do your research on the company to make sure it is legitimate. 

Job Scams - Finding summer employment is a top priority for most college and high school students. Always be wary of employers who require fees for training and background checks, or who tout “no experience needed.”

Door-to-Door Sales Scams - Many legitimate companies use door-to-door sales, and various city ordinances to regulate solicitors in order to protect people from unscrupulous salespeople. Consumers are urged to get all promises in writing, including start and finish dates. You should never sign a contract that has an open-ended completion date or blank spaces.

Moving Scams - Summer is the peak time of year for changing residencies, and unlicensed movers and dishonest scammers are waiting to take advantage of the busy season. The BBB says you should always research the company before agreeing to let them move you. Not all price quotes online or over the phone are legitimate (or binding), and crooks are not likely to send an estimator to your home in advance. Remember, the lowest estimate can sometimes be an unrealistic offer used as a hook and may cost you more in the end.

The BBB says you should always check the “Cooling-Off Rule.” The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Cooling-Off Rule gives the buyer three days to cancel purchases of $25 or more.

Under the Cooling-Off Rule, your right to cancel for a full refund extends until midnight of the third business day after the sale.

However, the Cooling-Off Rule does not apply to the following:
Automobiles, vans, trucks, or other motor vehicles sold at temporary locations, provided the seller has at least one permanent place of business; arts or crafts sold at fairs or locations such as shopping malls, civic centers, and schools.

For more information about scams to be on the lookout for, check out the BBB’s website here.



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