You don’t have to be from Denver or Seattle to be the target of a Super Bowl scam. I have a friend whose brother is in San Diego who said he won four Super Bowl tickets after finishing first in a fantasy football competition.
My friend thought his brother was really lucky. I was immediately skeptical and asked my friend’s brother a few questions. Quickly, I was able to ferret out that the brother was being asked to pay “taxes” on the winning tickets. The fact that he found out he had “won” the tickets via an email made me even more suspicious.
“That’s a scam.”
Hopefully, most fans have heard about and learn from previous big games ticket scams on Craiglist.org or other websites. If you’re desperate to go to the game and sit outdoors on a freezing day in New Jersey, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends that you get your tickets from “the official NFL Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster” at http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48.
A quick view of the tickets for sale on the exchange and you will find the lowest price for two tickets is $3,240 not including the 10 percent service fee. So for nearly $3,600 you and a friend can sit in the 24th row of the top corner section of the stadium. Yoohoo! You’re a real fan if you can drop that kind of cash on a sub-4-hour event in sub-40 degree weather.
You can bet that someone will be crazy and desperate enough to pay that kind of money for tickets. So, of course, with that kind of hysteria going on, it’s only natural that scammers will smell “blood in the water” and try to separate fans from their cash.
BBB offers the following tips for safe ticket purchases:
- Check out the seller/broker. Look them up on bbb.org and check to see if they are a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB). NATB members offer a 200 percent guarantee on tickets that don’t arrive in time for a game, concert or show.
- Know the difference between a ticket broker (legitimate and accredited reseller) and a ticket scalper (unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller).
- Check the ticket broker’s refund policy. Only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.
- Always use a credit card so you have some recourse; do not use cash.
- Check the seats out ahead of time. Always ask for section, row and seat number to avoid obstructed view seats or seats that do not exist. Also, feel free to ask questions to make certain you get all the answers you need to feel comfortable with your ticket purchase.
- If you believe you have purchased a counterfeit ticket, immediately report it to the NATB’s hotline at 630-510-4594 and file a complaint with BBB at bbb.org.
- See more at: http://www.bbb.org/blog/2014/01/5-ways-to-avoid-a-super-bowl-ticket-scam/#sthash.tQ7d1nlk.dpuf
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