Be careful when you book your summer fun! From fake vacation deals to bogus concert tickets, scammers are out in full force. Financial professional Brad Allen shares some tips with Milwaukee’s WTMJ-4 to help people protect their hard earned money from scammers.
Top 4 Summer Scams
1. Summer Travel Scams – 15 million online hotel booking scams happen every year. Scammers are creating bogus sites that look like hotel sites and may even have a similar URL. Be careful of deals on social media and sites like Craigslist. Always use a reputable company and website to book your trip. Do your research! Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau. You can also search reviews and complaints.
2. Summer Job Scams – Scammers know this is the time of year many teens and college students are looking for summer jobs. But this doesn’t mean young people are the only ones at risk. Scammers are looking to to collect your Social Security number and bank information. Don’t give out this information prematurely. This could lead to your identity and money being stolen.
3. Home Improvement Scams – Always use caution when hiring a home improvement contractor, especially after a major storm. The Better Business Bureau has three tips to help you spot a home improvement scam. First, watch out for red flags like a contractor requiring you to pay up front for the work and cash-only deals. Second, ask for references. A bad contractor will be hesitant to share this information. And third, know the laws. Ask for identification, licensing and insurance. Confirm they will get the proper permits for the work being done.
4. Concert Ticket Scams – Summer is a very popular time to buy concert tickets. Always buy tickets from the concert venue or event-approved websites. When buying tickets online, don’t do it on a free wi-fi network, like at a coffee shop. That connection is open to the public and any information you enter could be seen by other people. When entering sensitive information online, look for signs that the site is legitimate and protected, like a lock icon on the browser bar or the site has an h-t-t-p-s instead of just h-t-t-p. The “s” stands for secure.
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