BBB Brief: Beware of fake radio station calls

Published: Apr. 25, 2017 at 10:05 AM CDT
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The Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri is warning about a vacation scam surfacing in the Ozarks. The BBB says these scams increase as the travel season approaches.

Here's how it works. You'll get a phone call about a contest. The caller claims to be with a local radio station and says you'll win a vacation, if you can answer a few music questions. The travel website they give you is real, but the contest is fake. The vacation company or cruise line isn't offering a deal. In fact, they don't even have a partnership with the radio station mentioned. The BBB says the radio station mentioned in the call, may not even exist.

When you're told you answered the bogus contest questions correctly, the caller will ask you to pay a fee in order to get your vacation tickets. That's when you know it's a scam. The Better Business Bureau says you shouldn't have to pay any taxes or fees upfront, especially if you won something.

Don't pay a cent and ask for a callback number. The con artist won't give you one and will likely start pressuring you to act right away before time runs out.

If you get one of these phone calls, write down the cruise line or vacation company, and the radio station mentioned. Then call the BBB to report the scam.