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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - The Better Business Bureau is out with a warning: beware scammers are out to rent you rooms that may not even exist.

The World Series has thrown both cities, St. Louis and Boston in the national spotlight and that attracts those looking to make a quick buck.

Michelle Corey, the President and CEO of the St. Louis BBB, says last time the Cardinals were in the World Series there were situations where people bought several blocks of rooms and then resold them.

“In some cases people did get the rooms, in other cases the room was never purchased to begin with,” she said, leading to the phenomenon known as phantom rooms.

To avoid falling victim to these scammers, Corey advises trip planners to look up the hotel yourself and call to confirm before you buy. Also check your hotel’s standing with the BBB.

She warns that other hotel offers may be just come-ons for identity thieves.

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