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Summer fairs, festivals and expos: Consumer precautions and protections

For many Ohioans, summer encompasses visits to fairs, summer music festivals and gardening expositions. While enjoying such events, it’s important to remain vigilant to avoid fraudsters. The Consumer Protection Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office offers these tips for a scam-free experience:
  • Be cautious when asked for personal information. When entering a sweepstakes, contest or drawing, be sure to carefully read the entry form, especially the small print. Companies often use entry forms as a marketing tool, and you may unknowingly consent to a sales call or the sale of your personal information to other companies, even if you’re on the National Do Not Call Registry.
  • Be skeptical of “free” vacation offers.  Such offers often have strings attached, such as the requirement to buy an expensive second ticket or listening to a long sales pitch. Hidden costs and conditions may make it nearly impossible to schedule the trip. Remember: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Know your rights before signing a contract. In Ohio, if you sign an agreement for a product or service valued at $25 or more at a fair, you can cancel the contract within three business days. This right, part of Ohio’s Home Solicitation Sales Act applies to sales outside of the seller’s regular place of business. The salesperson must inform you of your right to cancel and provide a form explaining how to do so.  
  • Watch out for deceptive displays or misrepresentations. Companies are required to provide all relevant information before a sale. Ensure that all promises and conditions are in writing before signing any contract.
Consumers who suspect a scam or an unfair business practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at or 800-282-0515.