BBB Warns: Beware of NCAA Ticket Scams

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By Better Business Bureau

 BBB is warning basketball fans not to fall for NCAA ticket scams as they follow their favorite basketball teams.

Fans following the Wildcats, Eagles or the Cardinals along the road to the NCAA Championship Game may be tempted to fall for “too-good-to-be-true” ticket prices they see on the Internet or elsewhere.

With websites like Craig’s List, some legitimate tickets may pop up, but fans should be aware there could also be plenty of scam artists ready to take your money. Also, BBB recommends that if fans buy tickets from an online brokerage, they should check out the company with the BBB before giving a credit card number or other payment.

If buying travel packages throughout the tournament, BBB’s Reanna Smith-Hamblin, VP/Communications, says “consumers should check out the company with the BBB at www.bbb.org.  Basketball fans will also want to check on the company’s cancellation and refund policies."

Here are more tips from The BBB for fans following the teams:

·         If you are considering buying tickets on the secondary market, deal only with ticket brokers that provide clear details about the terms of the transaction, including refund and rescheduling and cancellation policies. Also, check out the broker’s BBB Business Report at www.bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.

·         When shopping for NCAA tickets, use secure websites for online transactions. Look for the padlock on the page, and the letter "s" in the URL (web address) box after the "http." If neither is present, the site is unsecure and your payment information may not be safe.

·         If purchasing tickets online, beware of sellers that lead you away from secure, reliable transaction methods such as PayPal, and avoid those who discourage using credit cards. You can dispute the charge with a credit card company if something goes wrong.

·         Beware of any seller that wants you to wire money via Western Union. This can occur on online auction sites like eBay or Craigslist. This could be a scam.

·         Buy at your own risk. It is safer to buy from reliable sources. If you buy tickets from unfamiliar sources or scalpers, there is no guarantee that they will be genuine. (Scalping laws vary from state to state.)

BBB wants to remind consumers, “If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”


For more consumer tips go to www.bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.