Ticket Scams Expected During Broncos Playoff Season

January 09, 2013

Denver, CO – January 2, 2012 – As the Denver Broncos prepare for the playoff season, scammers are preparing to dupe eager fans who want to purchase tickets to the big upcoming games. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that when sports get exciting, and especially as game tickets sell out, con artists step in and sell fraudulent tickets, or simply never deliver tickets sold. Ticket seekers are advised to use extreme caution when making such transactions to avoid being scammed.

“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. “We encourage consumers to buy directly from legitimate ticket sellers because as tickets become more coveted and difficult to get, the odds for being taken advantage of will increase.”

Most problems occur with private dealers on websites like Craigslist and eBay, as well as with game-day scalpers. 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.

The BBB offers the following tips to help fans avoid being ripped off:

· 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.

· Keep in mind that it is illegal for scalpers to sell tickets for prices above face value in Denver city limits.

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