Football fans in Northwest Florida who are planning a trip to the BCS National Championship football game on January 6th are being advised to be careful with whom they deal when they purchase tickets.
Danielle Rudd with northwest Florida’s Better Business Bureau says there’s no shortage of websites, classified ads and even word-of-mouth offering tickets to see Florida State square off against Auburn in Pasadena, California. She says always do your homework before you make that purchase.
Red flags include if an offer sounds much better than it should – for example, BCS tickets for much less than either face value or than offered elsewhere –it’s probably not on the up-and-up. And Rudd says the same advice applies when seeking tickets to other events.
Before buying from an online ticket broker, make sure the website has a secure payment processing system, usually denoted by “https://” at the start of its website address or URL, and/or a small closed lock icon at the bottom of the screen.
Ticket buyers also should be wary of sellers who try to lure buyers from a legitimate site to another site for a so-called “private” transaction. Scammers often want to conduct their business on sites with names that are similar to well-known companies but actually are fakes.
More information is available at bbb.org.
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