MINNEAPOLIS - The Better Business Bureau is warning fans to watch out for scammers who might try to hand off fake tickets on game day.
"It's not uncommon now to hear about fans who thought they were going to get into the stadium only to find they've been taken in by a scam," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota.
The BBB has some tips to avoid getting ripped off when buying game tickets:
• Choose a reputable online ticket broker. Visit the official NFL online ticket exchange at nfl.com/tickets. When purchasing tickets through any other online brokers, look for the BBB seal on their website and research them online at bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews. When buying tickets online, ideally pay with a credit card because of the consumer protections provided.
• Apply common sense. Tickets for the best seats and the best games are in high demand because they're hard to get, and the chances of you getting lucky and finding a great deal are slim. If a situation sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Be leery of buying from scalpers at the event. Buying tickets near the venue on game day can be a game of roulette. The seats may be just as advertised or you might find yourself outside the stadium and also out whatever money you paid. Keep in mind that scammers have gotten quite good at counterfeiting tickets.
• Never wire money to someone you don't know. Any request by the seller to have you wire money to pay for the tickets should be the big red flag that makes you walk away. This is virtually always the sign of a scam.
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