Before teenagers dance the night away, families will need a checklist to prepare for a scam-free prom. According to Visa, parents and teens in the west can spend an average total of $937 for prom expenses. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest warns families to beware of prom scams, especially for purchases made online.
Formal wear, flowers, photography, transportation, hair, make-up and promposals are some of the expenses associated with prom night. The latest social media trends for teens is the elaborate "promposal" where students go to great lengths to ask their date to prom. Visa revealed these promposals make up about a third of the total costs of prom. BBB urges consumers to look out for online purchase ads, especially on social media sites, that could lead to potential scams.
BBB Scam Tracker has received reports of online prom purchase scams where the consumer has never received the item, of additional unauthorized charges to their credit cards, and of poor quality merchandise.
BBB offers the following advice to avoid prom scams this season:
To report an experience with prom scams, visit BBB Scam Tracker.
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