Your BBB has been notified of a possible scam targeting local businesses. An Accredited Business reported that a man came to their location with a flyer. He explained that he was asking for sponsors for a booklet to be given out at a ‘Pensacola Youth In Action’ event to be held at the Pensacola Fairground on September 17th.A call to the Pensacola Fairgrounds resulted in learning there is no such event scheduled for that day or by that group.Prices of ‘sponsorship’ ranged from $100 (business card sized) to $250.00 (front cover of the manual). Acceptable forms of payment included cash, checks or money orders made out to Pastor Tom Bolton/PYA.We are sending this out to our Accredited Businesses in and around the Pensacola area to let you know in case someone with this same or similar request show up at your business.How to Spot a Fake Event Scam:Do your research before purchasing. Search online for the name of the event and make sure the name advertised matches the website. Search the venue’s site to be sure the event is actually taking place there (match up the name and dates with the venue’s information).Check for (working) contact information: Be sure the event’s website/Face Book page has a phone number and email address. Be careful with door to door solicitations: People that solicit door to door, do not offer credit card payments as an option (card owner can dispute charges/cancel donations), request checks and money orders to be made out to an individual, and provide no physical address where the donation recipient is located are all good indications that the request is a scam. If you think you’ve been a victim of this type of scam, please report this on our BBB Scam Tracker at https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/northwest-florida.