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Make sure your wedding plans go without a hitch with scam advice

Author: Niall Griffiths / Source: Free Press Series

Council’s top tips to avoid wedding scams. Photo by: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

PROSPECTIVE brides and grooms in Monmouthshire are being warned by the local authority’s trading standards team to be vigilant of scams.

Many aspects of a wedding, such as the services of photographers, caters caterers and reception venues, require booking months in advance, with an immediate obligation to pay a deposit – or even the full balance.

All of these transactions are potentially liable to fraudulent action by scammers.

Some businesses operate entirely through social media sites and offer low-cost services. While most are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent.

But being aware of the potential risks and using the following prevention advice from trading standards could minimise the likelihood of fraud.

l Obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. This will allow the opportunity to make a complaint to trading standards…

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