Intercept Fake Seahawks Tickets Before It's Too Late

January 08, 2014

The road to Super Bowl XLVII will wind through Seattle in 2014, and fall right into Better Business Bureau’s backyard. Ticket resellers are already busy swinging deals—like $14,000 tickets—with anyone willing to buy seats for the big game. But before making massive purchases, BBB warns fans to guard against blitzing scammers.

“Whether you’re trying to make it to Saturday’s playoff game, or betting on Seattle making it to the Super Bowl, know the investment will be substantial,” said Chelsea Maguire, Director of Communications for the Better Business serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho & Montana. “Be extremely cautious when buying from third party sellers; last minute deals may lead to a major financial loss if it’s a scam.”

In the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, ticket seekers will be “rushing” online classifieds in hopes of finding private dealers willing to sell off valuable tickets. However, BBB reminds consumers to stick with their playbooks:

  • Spot the fakes. Learn how real tickets look and feel; watch for flimsy paper, smeared ink and uneven margins. When in doubt, walk away.
  • Go with star players. Use reliable and verifiable ticket sellers and resellers that hold vendors responsible for ticket authenticity.
  • Avoid the sack. Never wire funds to make purchases. Use credit cards online and dispute the charges if tickets don’t arrive or turn out to be fakes.
  • Call a timeout. Avoid sellers that fail to provide contact information or prefer to conduct transactions privately. When buying tickets from local sellers, meet them in well-lit public places and bring a friend.

Check and don’t be left cheering alone this postseason.