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Be wary at festivals or other events

Are you looking to get out, have a good time and good eats at a nice price? Getting a special deal on a food festival or other event is great, but don’t let scammers burn a hole in your pocket and leave you hungry instead.

While many legitimate festivals are advertised online, there are news reports and customer complaints about scam artists who promote fun-and-food filled days of fests, concerts and similar events or social shopping sites. People buy the tickets, but when they show up at the so-called “venue”, they find nothing there but others who fell for it.

Here are some ideas on how to spot and avoid food fest scams:

  • Do your research. Type the name of the festival and/or its promotors into your preferred search engine and see what comes up. You could use the words “scam,” or “fake” with it.If you see that other individuals have been scammed, there’s a good chance you’ll end up a victim as well. If the event has taken place in other town, check if you can find any review on it.
  • Look for legitimate contact information. Have a look and see if there are any contact information on their website or social media accounts, then try them out. If you can’t get a hold of them, don’t get a response in a reasonable amount of time or simply think it’s suspicious, rather save yourself. Don’t even bother to share your phone number or any other information