BBB Consumer Tip Olympic Scams

The London 2012 Olympics start later this month and millions of viewers will watch around the world. But consumers should also be aware of scammers using the Olympics as a tool to target people.

“Millions of people will be looking for tickets and merchandise for the Olympics,” says Ron Mycholuk, Public Relations Manager for BBB of Central and Northern Alberta. “But consumers need to be alert and ensure they are dealing with legitimate, authorized partners of the Olympics to avoid being scammed.”

Here are some tips for scams BBB anticipates might pop up.

  • Fake tickets. Tickets for the London games are only available through the official website and their appointed ticketing partners. If you receive offers from other sources, they are either selling illegally or selling fake tickets. Visit the official website for more information on Authorized Ticket sellers.
  • Fake Olympic connections. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be connected to the Olympics, take steps to confirm that information. Before paying any money or providing personal information, contact the official page.
  • Fake emails and websites. Scammers will send out emails and develop websites that either claim a relationship with the Olympics or look similar to the Olympic page. Be alert when providing personal or financial information. Look for the secure website icon and the name “London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd.” The site should also be identified as part of london2012.com.

If you don’t see the padlock icon or the information found above, do not enter your personal or financial information. These tips should help consumers enjoy the Olympics and get involved without being scammed in the process.

For more tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org.

BBB advises consumers to check out prospective companies on edmonton.bbb.org or contact their financial institutions directly for advice. For more tips on credit counseling, visit our website or contact your BBB at (780) 482-2341.

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