Press Release from the Better Business Bureau:
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 30, 2011 – The Cardinals’ historic comeback to win a wild card slot in the National League division playoffs has caught fans up in baseball fever. However, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns fans to beware of potential scams by fake ticket sellers seeking to cash in on the comeback.
The opportunity for sports fans to be scammed by fake ticket sellers occurs most often when people buy tickets from individuals outside the stadium, on the street or through online auctions, classifieds and bulletin boards.
“Sports fans can get burned by purchasing counterfeit tickets or paying in advance for tickets that never arrive,” said Michelle L. Corey, BBB president and CEO.
The secondary market for sporting and entertainment tickets is a $10 billion a year industry. It includes tickets bought and sold by professional brokers as well as those purchased and resold by speculators and season ticket holders.
“The Internet has become the arena of choice for sports fans looking to buy or sell tickets,” Corey said. “Unfortunately, it also has become a breeding ground for scammers looking to take advantage of sports fans.”
The BBB’s database includes reputable, secondary market ticket firms that provide buyer protections, including money-back guarantees if tickets are fake. On some sites, sellers also must provide credit-card numbers so the site can charge a seller’s card for the cost of replacement tickets if they sell fake tickets. The Cardinals have their own website for reselling tickets held by season ticket holders.
The BBB offers the following advice for fans seeking tickets:
Before you do business with a charity or company, check its BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org or by calling 314-645-3300.