With the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding, Americans are getting comfortable going to live music events, sporting events and traveling. Scammers however are taking advantage of this eagerness to be more active.
The Better Business Bureau works to snuff out scams before they can grab hold of unknowing consumers. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss post-pandemic scams.
Event ticket scams
COVID-19 restrictions are being loosened throughout the U.S. After more than a year of being locked out, the public is now willing to attend crowded events such as concerts and sporting events.
Scammers are taking advantage of this by producing fraudulent event tickets. This scam can happen in many forms, including the selling of fake tickets to an actual event or making up an event. McConnell warned event-goers to be wary of who they are buying tickets from, and to make sure an event is legitimate.
Similar to live events, Americans are willing to travel now that the pandemic is subsiding.
McConnell advised listeners to look out for rental property scams. In the age of Airbnb, ordinary people are able to put their own homes and apartments up for short-term rent. While some of these places are real, some only exist online.
Another common vacation scam is the cruise ship or travel agency free trip scam. There is always a cost for these trips. When a traveler falls for one of these scams, what was promised is often not what they get when they arrive.
Lastly, McConnell reminded listeners of vacation scams involving fake hotel clerks stealing credit card numbers and overpriced timeshare packages.