With the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns fans to avoid the risk of getting ripped off if you decide to gamble on a less than reputable source for tickets.
Fake tickets and non-delivery of tickets are a concern for any major sporting event or concert. When fans are thrilled about their home-town team being in championship games, they might overlook signs of a ripoff.
The Dallas Mavericks landing in the NBA Finals provides a premier opportunity for scammers to sell counterfeit tickets,” said Jeannette Kopko, spokesperson for the BBB serving Dallas and Northeast Texas. “Scammers know what the hot tickets are and search out fans who are so excited that they might not recognize the signs of a scam.”
To avoid getting ripped off buying event tickets, BBB lists these red flags:
–Believing you’re that lucky – The reason tickets are expensive is because they’re hard to get and the chances of you getting lucky and finding a deal are slim. If a situation sounds too good to be true, such as someone selling tickets to a popular event for much less than offered elsewhere, it’s probably not on the level.
–Wiring money to someone you don’t know – Say for some reason you do believe that a seller you found online who lives in another country really has tickets to an event in the US. The fact that the seller then asks you to wire money to pay for the tickets should be the final red flag that makes you walk away. When buying tickets online, ideally pay with a credit card or through Paypal because of the consumer protections provided.
–Not doing your research – If buying online, ask to see a picture of the tickets so you can confirm the seats match up with the venue. If your friends already have tickets, you can also make sure they look the same as the ones you want to buy. Search for guidance online about how the tickets should look.
–Buying from scalpers at the event – Buying tickets outside the venue can be a game of roulette. You might get taken to the cleaners or the seats may be just as advertised.
–Choosing a disreputable online ticket broker – When purchasing tickets through an online broker, look for the BBB seal on their website and check them out online at www.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.
For more advice on spending your money wisely and not getting ripped off, visit www.bbb.org/us/Consumer-Tips/