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BBB warns of charlatans in Charlotte for DNC

As Charlotte prepares to host the 2012 the Democratic National Convention, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont is warning against scammers.

In particular, the BBB is warning about scams involving home rentals, tickets, job postings and towing.

Within hours of the announcement that Charlotte was chosen for the conference, ads for home rentals began popping up on Craigslist, the BBB said, adding that home-rental scams — which include overpayment scams and fake-listing scams — occur in every city where a major event is held.

The BBB advises against listing homes for rent online. Rather, it recommends that owners use a local home-rental service.

Those renting a home are also advised to avoid properties that are listed online but instead to use a home-rental service.

Tickets to the convention will be limited to delegates and the media, so the BBB says to be on the lookout for fake tickets.

The conference could also encourage scammers to produce convention-related job postings and use phishing scams to obtain Social Security numbers, the BBB said.

Drivers should be careful about “predatory towing” around Charlotte, the BBB said.

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