With the Minnesota Vikings home opener finally just around the corner, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning fans to watch out for scammers that might be trying to hand off fake tickets on game day. The BBB reminds everyone that they run the risk of getting thrown for a loss if they decide to gamble on a less than reputable ticket source.
“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. “Despite a bit of a rocky start for the home team, we’re expecting fan enthusiasm to be high for this weekend’s home opener. We’re simply reminding everyone it’s important to keep your eye on the ball.”
To avoid getting ripped off buying game tickets, the BBB recommends you:
* 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. Review the company’s policy for customer satisfaction and what happens if tickets purchased through their site are fake or not as advertised. 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, such as someone selling tickets for much less than offered elsewhere, it’s probably not on the level.
· 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 – Say for some reason you do believe that an out of town seller you’ve found online really has tickets to the game. 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.