Fake events take festival goers by surprise

With COVID-19 restrictions easing up, many people are looking forward to fun festivals this summer. As usual, scammers are finding ways to take advantage of this building excitement. This time, they are cashing in with phony events.

How the Scam Works

You see an amazing deal on tickets to a summer festival in your area, usually through a link on social media. The event promises live music, all-you-can-eat meals, craft beer or wine, or other fun activities.

When you click the social media link, it takes you to a professional-looking website with fantastic pictures. You enter your credit card information to buy tickets, and you think you are all set. But, buyer beware: BBB Scam Tracker has received numerous reports from people who bought tickets to events that turned out to be fake.

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