Tips on March Madness

March 19, 2013
The frenzy that is March Madness prompts the BBB to warn the public of the various scams related to this month. Events such as the NCAA tournament seem to bring countless scammers who attempt to make money by providing tickets as well as the souvenirs fans seem to love. As a result, the BBB advises fans to double-check offers with the BBB before deciding to spend their money.

Scammers may take the logos and names of a certain team and selling these items at cheaper prices in order to make a sale. Consumers should know these items are in fact counterfeit, meaning they are actually stolen items. Buying counterfeit goods can be even more of a dilemma when dealing with websites. When buying this memorabilia online, many scammers will simply steal your credit card number and personal information, rather than supplying you with the item purchased. The best way to ensure you are receiving official sports gear is to buy from trusted stores, from the team website, or from official vendors located at the stadium.

The following are some BBB tips for avoiding scams connected to special events:
  • Read ads carefully.
  • Ask the seller how to contact him or her after the sale.
  • When booking a hotel, ask for all details on the hotel and call the hotel to verify that the room exists.
  • Be cautious of ads that list excessive incentives to make the package look better.
  • Use a credit card.
  • Always get a confirmation number when reserving a room and be aware of what type of room you are reserving.
  • If you are hesitant about the quality of a hotel, ask to inspect the room before you move in.