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Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:26pm
As faithful fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens gear up for Super Bowl XLVII, scammers are also gearing up for some big profits.
As game day approaches the Better Business Bureau serving El Paso warns consumers to be cautious in the red zone by being aware of counterfeit memorabilia, jerseys and game tickets.
The BBB offers the following tips for consumers:
· When dealing with a ticketing business, make sure they are reputable and have a track record of reliable ticket sales, as well as game and travel packages.
· Try to use credit cards when buying online for this added protection. Credit cards offer additional protection, in the case of fraudulent purchases.
· When considering the purchase of a travel package, verify details in writing. Request a written confirmation after the purchase and verify for any discrepancies. Make sure all vendors have the tickets on hand.
For any transactions on the internet make sure:
· Before choosing an online ticket broker or reseller, make sure that your purchase is 100% guaranteed and look for the BBB Online Reliability Program seal. The internet provides a means for illegitimate sellers to take advantage of online shoppers. These sellers may not be licensed to resell tickets.
· When purchasing tickets through eBay, check the seller's feedback history, items sold and comments. Look for a history of ticket sales for previous Super Bowls.
· Check that the contact information matches all other instructions given in the ad. In some instances scammers are able to take sellers ads and redirect the buyers to contact them instead.
· Read all fine print, and be sure to verify the ticket delivery dates.