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BBB Warns of Playoff Ticket Scams

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

 

With the NFL playoffs in full swing, the Better Business Bureau is warning fans of possible ticket scams. 

“Since there is such a high demand for playoff tickets, BBB anticipates a high increase in ticket scams. Scammers use these opportunities to lure consumers into purchasing counterfeit tickets that will unfortunately affect many sports fans," said Paula Fleming, the Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

The BBB asks consumers to us the following tips wen making a purchase. 

  • Start your search with trust. Know the name, address and phone number of the business you are considering making a purchase from. 
  • Be sure to get the details in writing. this includes the price of the tickets, location of the seats, cancelation policies and any other important information.
  • Use a credit card or PayPal when making a ticket purchase online. as the charges are more secure and easier to dispute if a problem arises.
  • Find a reputable ticket-selling site. When buying tickets online, search for a reputable ticket-selling website that protects both the buyer and the seller in the online transaction. 
  • Intercept the fakes. Legitimate tickets tend to be on thick paper with bar codes. According to the NFL, they also include holograms, custom laser cutouts, a glossy varnish and heat sensitive graphics that disappear with the touch of a thumb.
  • Watch out for scalpers. Be cautious before buying tickets on the street. Scalpers are unregulated and often use stolen or counterfeit tickets. 

For more information, visit the BBB's website. 

 

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Funky Murphy's 

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Lakeside Bar and Grill 

97 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA

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JJ's Sports Bar and Grill

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Park Grill and Spirits

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The District Bar and Grill

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