Super Scams

BBB: Verify Super Bowl Ticket Sellers

By Clayton J. Hein, Times Record News
January 29, 2007

An eBay special had two nosebleed seats to Super Bowl XLI in Miami selling for $6,000!

After getting past the hang-up on prices, going to the Super Bowl can be a glorious event. But getting there can be more trouble than the average football fanatic thinks, according to a Better Business Bureau news release.

Crooks are always looking for ways to outsmart their next victim, so the BBB has a couple tips to help avoid any disasters.

Deal with a reputable local company that has a track record with game packages and ticket sales, the release warned. And use a credit card for your purchases because they often offer additional protection against fraudulent charges.

Buying Super Bowl tickets online also can be tricky.

"The Internet provides a forum for scammers to take advantage of online shoppers. Consumers need to keep in mind that any seller they contact online...may or may not be legitimate," the release stated.

The BBB also warns of potential hang-ups with brokers who are not licensed to resell tickets. "Make sure your purchase is 100 percent guaranteed," the BBB advised in the release.

A check on showed tickets to the Feb. 4 spectacle had prices ranging from $3,000-$11,000 per seat.

It was much of the same for with price levels, but the online ticket broker did have packages including hotel stay. The price ranged depending on the luxury level of the hotel, but the final price generally included about $3,000 per the game ticket.

A check through the National Association of Ticket Brokers and eBay feedback sites can save a lot of hassle in the future, the release stated. "The NATB is an organization that has implemented some regulation to ticket brokerage industry by setting" a code of ethics for members to follow.

The fan unable to buy tickets until waiting outside the venue on game day should be especially wary, the BBB release stated.

"The seller may be violating state law and/or rules and regulations covering ticket reselling near the stadium," the release said. "If the transaction goes wrong, there is little the consumer can do since a cash transaction is usually done in a matter of minutes."

Reporter Clayton J. Hein can be reached at HeinC(at) or by phone at (940) 763-7597.

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