Rather than packing up the car or catching a flight to the beach, some consumers are planning for another summer spent in the backyard.
But scammers are ready to capitalize on a spike in consumer interest in above-ground swimming pools.
44News spoke to Oana Schneider with the Tri-State Better Business Bureau with ways you can avoid the seasonal scam.
Why are above ground pools a target for scammers?
Above-ground pools are typically more affordable than in-ground pools, last long enough for families to enjoy in years ahead and are relatively easy to install. It also makes for an easier opportunity for potential scammers to take advantage of the situation by creating suspicious websites.
What does the BBB recommend for people looking to buy an above ground pool?
- Beware of prices that seem too good to be true
- People are often lured in with prices they don't want to pass up, but end up paying for a pool that never arrives, or the pool delivered is not what was expected
- Confirm the company's physical address
- Fake addresses or no address is used on the website. If it not possible to confirm the company's physical address, it could be a scam.
- Pay with a credit card or another secure payment method
- It's possible you could follow all the tips and still fall victim to a scam. Using a secure method of payment such as a credit card provides more protection and a greater chance of successfully disputing the charges.
How can area residents find trusted pool installers?
Check with the BBB. Find trustworthy companies and pool installers at BBB.org and look for the little icon that says, "BBB Accredited Business."