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Marriage scams

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Marriage is give and take- don’t let a wedding scam take you by surprise. From bogus bridal shows to fake dress labels and no-show vendors, scam artists are out to cash in on the big day.

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without the added financial strain of getting ripped off by a phony vendor.

The most common scams come from service-based vendors such as photographers, bands and disc jockeys, florists and wedding planners. When that little voice says “that seems too good to be true,” it’s time to ask questions.  Don’t be afraid or intimidated—and don’t ignore those little red flags.

So what can we do in an era where just about anyone can get an email address and create a professional-looking Web site or social media site? How do we protect ourselves?

The Better Business Bureau offered its Top 10 tips on hiring wedding professionals today. Here are just a few:

  • First off, while Google may seem like your friend, make sure to request a meeting with the vendors in person.
  • Check a company or professional’s credentials. Are they who they say they are? What’s their reputation like in the industry? Word-of-mouth goes a long way. Ask a family, friend or coworker for a recommendation.
  • You can also check for complaints and see if a vendor registered with your local better business bureau at www.bbb.org.
  • Once you’ve selected a vendor, ask to see exactly what you are paying for. How many times have you bought an item off the internet only to be disappointed?  The internet is a scammers’ paradise. It is all too easy to create a fake Web site or business and then disappear with your money.
  • And finally, remember when your mom told you to always read the fine print? This can save a lot of heartache. Make sure to understand the payment and cancellation policies.

Lots of decisions and planning go into a wedding. Don’t let a scammer turn your big day into your biggest nightmare.

-Tia Osborne-

Posted by AGO Intern at 04/25/2011 03:37:10 PM | 


This has been a BIG problem as the economy gets tougher, every one is wanting to save money, but you need to be careful about giving money to just anyone!
Make sure that you purchase from a REAL local neighborhood business!
Posted by: Brittany Flowers ( Email ) at 4/26/2011 1:29 AM


When I got married I made sure I went to meetings and checked out all products/services used personally. The internet is perfect for many things but I don't think a wedding (the most important day of your life) can just be arranged through a series of attractive sites that claim they are the best. Sonething this important should be handles by genuine people. I am not a technology hater but I just want a personal touch to a personal occassion.
Posted by: Lexie Rafael ( Email ) at 10/6/2011 3:57 AM


But there is worse. Like cheating somebody into marriage for a Green Card.
Posted by: James ( Email ) at 12/6/2011 12:21 PM


I just want to leave a web site for you to look at .immigrationmarriagefraud.co.uk stopitnow

Blog Post Manager Comment (KD): I would strongly suggest filing a complaint with this office’s Consumer Resource Center at http://www.atg.wa.gov/FileAComplaint.aspx.
Posted by: Hazel ( Email ) at 10/25/2013 9:02 PM


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