BBB warns about summer season scams

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to watch out for scams as the weather starts to heat up.

The BBB says some of the most common types of scams around the summer season include scams involving Memorial Day and concerts and festivals.

With Memorial Day just around the corner, the BBB says con artists try to use the holiday as an opportunity tot take advantage of caring people, especially elderly veterans. Consumers can check charity reviews at and find concise tips on the "Truth about Charity and Giving Wisely".

Another major summer scam is fake tickets. The BBB says before buying tickets online, we should make sure the tickets come from a reputable source. Often times, scammers will try to trick people into wiring money with no intention of sending real tickets.

Below are some tips from the Better Business Bureau on how to spot a fake festival scam:

Do your research before purchasing. Search online for the name of the festival and make sure the name advertised matches the website. Scammers often use names that sound similar to those of real festivals.

Check for (working) contact information: Be sure the festival website has a phone number and email address. Watch out for being rerouted to site with non-related names.

Prices too good to be true: There is no way a festival can offer tickets at extremely low prices without losing money. If the prices are much lower than elsewhere, it's likely a scam.

What Can You Do?

Pay with a credit card: You can dispute the charges if the business doesn't come through. Be wary of online sellers that don't accept credit cards.

Look for secure sites: The website should begin with https (the extra "s" is for secure) and have a little lock symbol on the address bar.

Avoid tickets sold on Craigslist and other free online listings: Scammers are skilled at providing realistic tickets and fake receipts. Check out third-party ticket sites at before making purchases.

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