BBB issues warning on Seahawk ticket scams

The Better Business Bureau is using all the sports metaphors at its disposal to warn consumers about fake Seahawk playoff tickets.

The road to Super Bowl XLVII will wind through Seattle in 2014, and the Better Business Bureau notes resellers are already busy swinging deals—like $14,000 tickets—with anyone willing to buy seats for the big game.

But before making massive purchases, BBB warns fans to guard against “blitzing” scammers.

 “Whether you’re trying to make it to Saturday’s playoff game, or betting on Seattle making it to the Super Bowl, know the investment will be substantial,” said Chelsea Maguire, a communications director for this region of the Better Business Bureau. “Be extremely cautious when buying from third party sellers; last minute deals may lead to a major financial loss if it’s a scam.”

In the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, the BBB cautions that ticket seekers will be “rushing” online classifieds in hopes of finding private dealers willing to sell off valuable tickets. However, BBB reminds consumers to stick with their playbooks:

  • “Spot the fakes.” Learn how real tickets look and feel; watch for flimsy paper, smeared ink and uneven margins. When in doubt, walk away.

  • “Go with star players.” Use reliable and verifiable ticket sellers and resellers that hold vendors responsible for ticket authenticity.

  • “Avoid the sack.” 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.

  • “Call a timeout.” 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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