Don’t be blinded by an eclipse scam

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Better Business Bureau

 The solar eclipse is now just days away, and BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is reminding consumers to think smart while preparing for this event. While this is an exciting time, scammers may try to take advantage of the situation.

Counterfeit Eyewear. If you want to view the eclipse directly, you will need special eyewear. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient.  Look for viewers that are marked ISO 12312-2. These are the only ones that meet the international safety standard.

Travel Accommodations. Many consumers are traveling in order to get the maximum view for the eclipse. Unfortunately, there have been reports of cancellations and last-minute reservation changes. If you are going out of town, be sure to check over your reservation and the hotel policies.

Events and Activities. If you are looking at attending a viewing party, be sure to do your research. Scammers may try to charge you for a free event or even set up a fake event.

For more tips about the eclipse, visit NASA (eclipse2017.nasa.gov) and the American Astronomical Society (eclipse.aas.org).