BBB Warning for Fun Run Scams

June 07, 2016

The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is warning runners to thoroughly research springtime fun runs and exercise caution before signing up, as some are scams designed to con runners out of money.

“Though no such scams have been reported in eastern North Carolina,” said Mallory Wojciechowski, President and CEO of BBB serving Eastern NC. “There have been reports of incidents across the United States and we want to make sure consumers are aware before the scam makes its way to our area.”

Typically in these scams, a would-be participant signs up online and pays their race dues, only to receive an email later announcing the race had been canceled and the participant would not be receiving a refund. Other issues with fun runs include misleading advertisements. Sometimes music, food trucks, and other vendors are advertised and none of that is there then day of the run.

BBB advises run participants to review charities on the BBB Charity Review beforehand. Participants can also call the benefitting charity and check to see whether they will actually be receiving funds from the event. Participants should check the local venue, to make sure the event is actually being hosted there, and pay dues with a credit card so that charges can be disputed if needed.

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