BBB warns parents against summer camp scams - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

BBB warns parents against summer camp scams

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

As parents start sending their kids to camp for the summer, Better Business Bureau advises they do their research beforehand.

Edwina Clark thought she found a great camp for her 7-year-old daughter, Emily.

"The way it was explained to me, it was very structured," said Clark. "They had a lot of activities."

A Memphis man, Quinton Cox, operated the Be Inspired Cultural Arts Camp in Louisville. Cox told Clark and other parents they would pay $165 up front, followed by $65 per week.

But, several days later, Cox said the camp would close.

"They were told the camp is going to shut down," said BBB representative Nancy Crawford. "We're not going to operate anymore, and by the way, you are not going to get your money back."

Crawford said Be Inspired Cultural Arts Camp ripped off dozens of families. BBB investigators say families should beware of the camps that Cox operates.

They recommend parents do their research before paying for camp. Search in Google for any camp you are interested in and type in the word "complaints" along with the company's name. That search should turn up any problems with the camp.

Parents can also talk to other parents who previously signed up for the same camp.

A little preparation could prevent you and your kids from having a disappointing summer.

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