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Consumer Smart: Sewer Line Coverage and Superbowl Scams

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - Alan Bligh joins John Thomas on 3 News First Edition to talk about sewer line coverage and superbowl scams.

Bligh says many consumers are receiving offers for insurance to cover sewer lines from their house to the street. He wants viewers to know this is not a scam.

The Better Business Bureau has received quite a few phone calls from consumers looking for more information about mail solicitations regarding sewer line coverage for their home. The letters are coming from multiple companies reminding consumers that the area from their home to their property line is their responsibility should the line clog or break. For a monthly fee, the companies are offering coverage to save on the cost of repairs.

Bligh says if you receive a similar mailing, the most important things to remember are:

  • The coverage offered by these companies is optional. It is up to you to decide if the coverage is valuable to you as a home owner. But first review your homeowner's insurance policy to see if sewer line coverage is already provided.
  • The solicitors are not part of any governmental agency.

Scam of the Week

Anytime there is a major event, consumers will be targeted with scams relative to that event.

The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will compete for the title of National Football League champion. Indianapolis is expecting close to 150,000 visitors for the Super Bowl.

The BBB reminds consumers to use caution when purchasing tickets, travel packages or lodging for the big game. Most Super Bowl tickets are being advertised starting anywhere from $2,000-$15,000. Bligh says to beware of Craigslist type ads for tickets or lodging.

Typically an ad will say that there has been a family emergency or a safari to Africa and the seller does not need the tickets, or the seller may claim he has a condo that can be leased while he is out of the country, and all you need to do is just wire in a $1,000 deposit. Bligh warns this is a really quick way to lose money. 

Major "event scams" Bligh warns about include:

  • Super Bowl
  • Olympic Games
  • World Series
  • Major Concerts