Basketball fans here in Buffalo are pumped for the 2016 NCAA tournament, with both the men's and women's teams from the University at Buffalo scoring a spot in the tournament.
Tickets will be hot, and scam artists know it. So, the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is urging fans to only buy tickets from reputable sources, to avoid getting scammed.
The BBB issued this statement from its president, Warren Clark. "We know some die-hard fans will get the urge to see their team in the tournament. BBB wants everyone headed to the game to have a real ticket, and not get shut out at the gate. Remember to check the tickets over before you buy."
So how can you tell if your ticket is the real deal? The BBB has these tips for buyers.
Do your research: Look up the seller or broker on http://bbb.org for details about the company, history of complaints and for customer reviews.
Know the difference between a ticket broker and a ticket scalper: A ticket broker is a legitimate and accredited reseller, while a ticket scalper is an unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller.
Check the ticket broker's refund policy: Only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.
Pay with a credit card: This way, you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised. DO NOT USE CASH; there is little to no way of getting your money back if the tickets are fake.
Report any suspected ticket scams to local law enforcement and to BBB’s Scam Tracker.