Look Out for Super Bowl Scams

football large 150x150 Look Out for Super Bowl ScamsWith the Super Bowl just around the corner, be on the alert for knock-off team jerseys, counterfeit memorabilia and phony game tickets.

There are three good reasons not to buy counterfeit goods: theft, quality and security. Counterfeit items are stolen goods. If you love your team, don’t buy a hat or jersey from someone who has stolen the team’s name and logo for their own profit. And counterfeits are almost always more cheaply made, which means they won’t last as long as the real thing.

But you may have an even bigger problem if you try to buy counterfeit memorabilia online. Several BBBs around the country have reported websites that don’t even have any merchandise to sell you…they just want your credit card number and personal information in order to steal your identity or drain your bank account.

Tickets for the big game can be an even bigger rip-off. There are thousands of Super Bowl tickets currently listed on Craig’s List, but the site offers no guarantees of any kind and does not require identification of its listers. Buying in person isn’t always an improvement, as it’s gotten easier and easier for scammers to make fake tickets that look real.

Click here to find out how you can be sure you are getting the real thing.

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About Katherine Hutt

Katherine R. Hutt, Director of Communications and Media Relations with the Council of Better Business Bureaus, is an award-winning communicator who has been helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories for the past 25 years. She was a CBBB consultant on numerous projects for more than a decade before joining the staff in 2011.