As the Pittsburgh Penguins and other fan favorite teams advance to Round 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, BBB is reminding consumers of ways to avoid counterfeit ticket and merchandise scams. Major sporting events always inspire scammers to capitalize on the scarcity of tickets and fans’ desire to purchase souvenirs or a favorite player’s jersey.
Before spending hard-earned cash in support of your favorite team, consider the following tips:
- When purchasing tickets and merchandise from an online ticket broker or unfamiliar source, check out the company’s BBB business review to verify its BBB rating and complaint activity.
- When buying tickets and merchandise through eBay, choose a seller with a long history of satisfied customers.
- Read all of the fine print and verify the ticket or merchandise delivery dates.
- Avoid paying any seller with cash, cashier’s check, pre-paid debit cards or through wire transfer. Pay with a credit card or through PayPal, both of which offer some protection to buyers if tickets or merchandise do not arrive or are counterfeit.
- Be wary of ticket and merchandise offers that are being marketed at extreme discounts. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.