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Summer Scams

By Scam Awareness | July 8, 2016

Phony rental offers, local event scams, credit card fraud-you've heard them all. With summer in full swing, these scams have the potential to foil your summer fun. Fortunately, in a detailed guide to avoiding summer scams, walks us through what we can do to stay safe.

Have you come across a Facebook or Craigslist rental offer that seems too good to be true? Here are a few tips to verify the authenticity of a deal:

  • Cross-check the image being used on a rental listing on Google street view by entering the address of the property.
  • You can also use Google's reverse image search to see where else the photo of the property shows up. Make sure you're not being scammed with a generic stock photo on a rental listing!  

Once you've decided where to stay over the summer, watch out for local event scams. Before you buy tickets to an event on social media or sites like Groupon, do your research. A reputable event should appear on more than one website. If possible, wait until the day of the event to pay at the door. If you must pay online, make sure the URL includes HTTPS, which indicates a secure network. Pay with a credit card, since this guarantees a higher level of protection against fraud.

If you think you've been scammed, don't hesitate to contact your local authorities. As the weather heats up, stay cool and as always, stay safe! 

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