Better Business Bureau: Ticket Scams

June 9, 2014 at 1:09 a.m.

By Tracy Bracy

Not much can beat heading to a concert to watch your favorite band play live and nothing can ruin your night quicker than discovering you have fake tickets.

The Better Business Bureau wants you to use caution when buying tickets online.

Tickets listed on classifieds sites, unfortunately, offer no guarantees and do not require identification from sellers. Buying tickets in person isn't always a sure thing either, because it's now easier for scammers to make fake tickets look real.

The bureau suggests doing your research and checking the company's business review on To protect yourself and your money, check policies and pay with a credit card or PayPal account.

Swimming lessons

Summer is a great time to get your kids signed up for swimming lessons. Learning how to swim is an activity better done at an early age. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for kids under 5 years old, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent for children 1 to 4 years old. In order to keep your child safe and secure, the bureau advises parents to consider important factors like reputation; you should ask for and check any references and visit Classes should offer a thorough program covering all the aspects of swimming. It's also a good idea to meet the trainers and staff. Finally, get all promises and costs in writing.

Don't fall for deceptive weight loss products.

Summer may have you thinking about getting in shape and losing those extra pounds. To give you that extra boost, you may be considering diet or weight loss supplements. The bureau warns some claims by these products may be false. Before you invest in diet plans or products, it advises you to consult your doctor or health care provider. Certain supplements and ingredients can be potentially dangerous when mixed with medications or if someone is pregnant, nursing or has a pre-existing health condition. Always consult with your doctor first. Research the supplement. The Food and Drug Administration is a great resource for researching supplements and their ingredients. Be cautious of too-good-to-be-true claims. If a product is touting exaggerated claims or instant fixes, this is a red flag.

Rogue Locksmiths

The bureau advises consumers to be cautious when hiring a locksmith. Its investigators found a large number of consumers are hurt by disreputable locksmith businesses. These rogue locksmiths are quick to scam and difficult to track down. Consumers often report finding low prices online or being quoted a low price over the phone, then are told to pay hundreds of dollars at the time of service. Ask for the company's license with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Locksmiths are required to carry a copy of their license. Know the price before they begin the job and get the estimate in writing. To avoid crook locksmiths, do your research. Check a company's business review andsave the information in your phone.

Tracy Bracy is the regional director of the Better Business Bureau for Corpus Christi/Victoria. Contact her by e-mail at



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