BBB warns fans about fraudulent playoff tickets

We know you’ve been waiting all your life for the opportunity to attend a Super Bowl played in New Jersey.
Doubtlessly, Seahawks and 49ers fans have visions of scoring a once-in-an-every-48-years chance to see your team play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in conditions the late-great coach could truly appreciate.
But before you drain the final bucks from your declining 401-k account, the Better Business Bureau has some words of caution.
With New Orleans visiting Seattle the divisional playoffs this weekend, the BBB has its “scam alert: lights flashing.
“Ticket resellers are already busy swinging deals — like $14,000 tickets — with anyone willing to buy seats for the big game,” the BBB warns. “CenturyLink will be sold out, so anyone wanting tickets can expect to pay a fortune,” said Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “Be extremely careful when purchasing tickets from third-party sellers and remember that great last-minute deals could turn out too-good-to-be-true.”
The BBB reminds fans to take a guarded approach to online ticket buying.
“Spot the fakes. Learn how real tickets look and feel; watch for flimsy paper, smeared ink and uneven margins. When in doubt, walk away.”
The agency suggests using reliable and verifiable ticket sellers and resellers that hold vendors responsible for ticket authenticity.
Further, never wire funds to make purchases. Use credit cards online and dispute the charges if tickets don’t arrive or turn out to be fakes.
Finally, avoid sellers that fail to provide contact information or prefer to conduct transactions privately. When buying tickets from local sellers, meet them in well-lit public places and bring a friend.

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