Beware of Game-Day Broncos Ticket Scams

January 11, 2013

Denver, CO – January 11, 2012 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning Broncos fans to use extreme caution when buying last-minute tickets to the playoff game on Saturday. Now that tickets are sold out, unauthorized ticket sellers are stepping in and scams are very likely.

“It is important to be a smart consumer when you buy any tickets, including those for Broncos games, and to know and trust who is selling them to you,” said Su Hawk, President and CEO of the BBB serving Denver/Boulder.

Ticket buyers are known to be swindled by wire transfer scams, non-delivery of tickets and have even been turned away from games when their tickets turned out to be counterfeit. To avoid “scalper scams” on Saturday, the BBB urges fans to ask the seller to walk up to the gate with them and have the ticket scanned to verify its legitimacy before handing over any money. Also keep in mind that it is illegal for scalpers to sell tickets for prices above face value in Denver city limits.

The BBB offers more tips to avoid getting ripped off when purchasing Broncos tickets this season:

· Do not ever wire funds for payment.

· Do not allow people to mail you tickets; pick them up in person.

· If you can verify the legitimacy of the tickets before you pay and before the game, that is recommended.

· It is best to only buy directly from the box office or through authorized ticket markets when available.

· Don’t fall for ticket prices that sound too good to be true. Know the going rates and avoid offers that are deeply discounted.

· Check out ticket sellers with the BBB. If buying from a company, check its BBB Business Review at or by calling (303) 758-2100.

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