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Super Bowl fans beware of ticket scammers

6:38 AM, Jan 26, 2010   |    comments
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An ABC news affiliate out of Minneapolis has reported a number of fans who bought tickets for the Vikings-Cowboy game last Sunday got bad news at the gate - their tickets were not legit. More than a dozen police reports were filed regarding tickets to that game.

And in New Orleans, the BBB received a complaint about a Craigslist ad that required wire-transfer funds in exchange for Super Bowl tickets.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is also warning about Super Bowl air travel ticket scams.

The following tips are provided by the Better Business Bureau:

• If you decide to purchase tickets through a ticket broker, verify the company's report at www.denver.bbb.org, and find out what means the company has to verify that the tickets are legit.
• At this time, Ticketmaster's NFL Ticket Exchange is promoted as the only NFL approved ticket exchange. You will want to ensure that if you choose to purchase tickets, they have a way to validate that the tickets are legitimate. Be aware that tickets may sell for significantly over their face value in many situations.
• If purchasing a travel package, check out the travel company with your BBB.
• Use caution when purchasing tickets from individuals on eBay or Craigslist. It is best to only purchase from local sellers and to physically pick up the tickets rather than have them mailed.
• Do not wire transfer funds or send cash to anyone offering to sell tickets.

(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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