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BBB: Beware of NFL playoff ticket scams

scamDUPONT – As the Seattle Seahawks charge into the NFC Divisional playoffs, fraudsters are not far behind producing and selling counterfeit tickets. Better Business Bureau warns football fanatics to use caution when handing over payments for game day seats.

“What may seem like a great last-minute deal could actually be a giant scam,” says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “Only use reputable websites that can guarantee the validity of tickets.”

Between now and Super Bowl Sunday, thousands of tickets will be listed on classifieds websites, offering buyers little protection from dishonest sellers. BBB suggests making a game plan before the “hike”:

  • Choose reliable and verifiable sellers and resellers; find sites that hold vendors responsible for ticket authenticity. Keep in mind that last-minute tickets will be expensive.
  • If ticket prices seem much lower than those offered at official outlets, sound the alarm. Be wary of sellers with unusual stories about why tickets are so cheap and don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions.
  • Just because tickets look authentic, that does not mean they are real; check out potential sellers at bbb.org.
  • Some tickets may be made with low-quality paper stock and have smeared print or uneven margins; walk away if tickets obviously look like knock-offs.
  • When making purchases avoid wiring money to unknown parties and always utilize encrypted payment options.

To be part of the “Traveling Twelfth Man” this postseason, avoid getting hit by scams and check bbb.org.

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