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BBB: ‘Be on alert for eclipse-related scams’

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – There are new warnings from the Better Business Bureau on eclipse-related scams in connection to the proper eyewear and rental stays.

The caution, representatives say, is on scammers listing rentals with fake addresses to capitalize on those payments, in addition to selling fake eclipse glasses for a profit.

For the waves of travelers booking rentals in the Finger Lakes region, there are some listings featuring incorrect addresses and images matched with high prices.

While no activity has been reported to the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York yet, officials say it is taking place, with scammers trying to take advantage of those visitors.

The BBB explains how to tell if your glasses are legitimate.

“When you buy them, make sure that you see these messages on the side, one from the International Organization of Standardization, and second, you want to take a close look at them to make sure they look safe. If the lenses are punctured, or damaged at all, you don’t want to use those. If you put them on and you can see other things in a room, then it’s probably not a good idea to use those,” said Katarina Schmieder, communications manager for the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.

Meantime, Attorney General Letitia James issued a statement Wednesday urging New Yorkers to make sure their glasses are ISO certified. James is also encouraging anyone who comes across fake glasses to file a report with the AG’s office. She encourages anyone facing last minute hotel cancellations to file a complaint as well.

Those who experience suspicious activity with these types of scams are also asked to report it to the BBB’s ‘Scam Tracker.’

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – There are new warnings from the Better Business Bureau on eclipse-related scams in connection to the proper eyewear and rental stays.

The caution, representatives say, is on scammers listing rentals with fake addresses to capitalize on those payments, in addition to selling fake eclipse glasses for a profit.

For the waves of travelers booking rentals in the Finger Lakes region, there are some listings featuring incorrect addresses and images matched with high prices.

While no activity has been reported to the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York yet, officials say it is taking place, with scammers trying to take advantage of those visitors.

The BBB explains how to tell if your glasses are legitimate.

“When you buy them, make sure that you see these messages on the side, one from the International Organization of Standardization, and second, you want to take a close look at them to make sure they look safe. If the lenses are punctured, or damaged at all, you don’t want to use those. If you put them on and you can see other things in a room, then it’s probably not a good idea to use those,” said Katarina Schmieder, communications manager for the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.

Meantime, Attorney General Letitia James issued a statement Wednesday urging New Yorkers to make sure their glasses are ISO certified. James is also encouraging anyone who comes across fake glasses to file a report with the AG’s office. She encourages anyone facing last minute hotel cancellations to file a complaint as well.

Those who experience suspicious activity with these types of scams are also asked to report it to the BBB’s ‘Scam Tracker.’ Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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