BBB warns of Olympic-themed scams

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – On the eve of the 2012 Summer Olympics as all eyes shift to London to partake in the games, scammers are looking to take advantage of your patriotic spirit.

The Better Business Bureau warns you to be extra cautious this week as more and more Olympic-themed scams are showing up in inboxes across the globe.

One of those scamming emails was sent to the WMBF Newsroom, asking for a confirmation of an international flight reservation from Washington, DC scheduled for 10 p.m. Thursday.

The flight number, when entered onto the US Airways website, shows that flight is scheduled to fly from Philadelphia, PA to Albany, NY hours before the time listed in the email.

Though the 'reservation confirmation' does not include the destination city, time of arrival, ticket cost or receipt showing method of payment, it urges you to follow the link to check-in online as soon as possible.

If you receive this email, do not click the link or provide any personal information.

The BBB says this is not the only method scammers have employed to target those with the Olympics on the brain.

"Millions of people will be looking for tickets and merchandise for the Olympics," says Paula Fleming, vice president of communications & marketing for the BBB in the Boston area. "But consumers need to be alert and ensure they are dealing with legitimate, authorized partners of the Olympics to avoid being scammed."

If you think scammers have targeted you, check out these tips from the Better Business Bureau about the possible scams they anticipate this Olympic season:

Fake tickets

Tickets for the London games are only available through the official website and their appointed ticketing partners. If you receive offers from other sources, they are either selling illegally or selling fake tickets. Visit the official website for more information on Authorized Ticket sellers. 

Fake Olympic connections

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be connected to the Olympics, take steps to confirm that information. Before paying any money or providing personal information, contact the official page. 

Fake emails and websites

Scammers will send out emails and develop websites that either claim a relationship with the Olympics or look similar to the Olympic page. Be alert when providing personal or financial information. Look for the secure website icon and the name "London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd." The site should also be identified as part of

If you're ever unsure about a possible scam, contact the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina and check out their website for more tips to avoid becoming a victim.

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