SCAM ALERT: Top 5 Summertime Scams

By: Carly Swain
By: Carly Swain

If the warm weather has you cruising for a deal or even a new home, the Better Business Bureau is warning you of the top five scams they see surging in the summertime.

1) Summer vacation steals may be just that: a steal, for the person offering the deal. From accommodations to airfare, the BB recommends you Google the phone number and website provided to check legitimacy.

2) Summer time is a peak time for people to move. When doing so, be sure to check into the moving company and employees if you hire help. Remember price quotes offered on the phone or online are often not binding. A seemingly low-ball offer could cost you more in the end.

3) Watch out for concert ticket scammers. The BBB warns when concert venues sell tickets directly from their site, those can be printed out. Scammers try to resell one ticket over and over. Beware of a seller offering a sad story about why they cannot make the show or one who will only take cash.

4) Do not cave to pressure from a door-to-door sale. From driveway paving to tree trimmers to security systems, the best thing to do is get everything in writing. Also, officials warn you to not sign a contract where there is no start and finish date listed.

5) Seasonal jobs can also be a scam. This trick is often used to prey on high school or college students who are looking to make a little extra cash in the summer. If it costs you to train or submit a background check, the BBB suggests you use caution, especially for the jobs indicating "no experience needed."

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