Tips to Protect Your College Basketball Tournament Purchases

It’s Tourney Time again, which means many fans are faithfully watching their favorite teams, checking out team merchandise and may even be considering tickets to watch their favorite teams play. Countless scammers are aware of March Madness’ appeal though, so may be looking for opportunities to target die-hard fans. The Tri-State BBB® provides some tips to protect your March Madness purchases:

1. If you are considering tickets, research the ticket site or seller before you make your purchase. Learn up front if there are any buyer protections, such as money back guarantees if tickets are fake, and learn how to contact the seller after the sale. If you’re buying online, consider asking for a picture of the tickets, to confirm the tickets match the venue and be wary of extreme discount offers. You can check out official NCAA ticket information at ncaa.com/tickets.

2. If you are considering team merchandise, be aware that scammers may look to take the logos and names of teams and place them on unauthorized items. They may then sell these items at cheaper prices, in order to make a sale. These items are counterfeit, may be of lower quality, could contain flaws and are unlawfully using licensed information. The best way to make sure you are receiving officially licensed merchandise is to buy from a trusted store, the team website or from official vendors located at the stadium.

3. For all March Madness purchases– You can research vendors, stores and ticket providers with a free BBB Business Review at bbb.org/evansville. Consider using a credit card for your purchases, which often provides additional protections, and read the terms and conditions before you buy. Be aware that phony websites may be out there too, appearing to sell official team merchandise or tickets, but may instead be looking to gain your credit card or other personal information. In addition to a BBB Business Review, it may be helpful to see if customer reviews are available.

For more information on March Madness or other tips you can trust, contact your Tri-State BBB at 812-473-0202 or bbb.org/evansville.

About Susan 117 Articles
Susan is Director of Media Relations for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. She is a contributor to the blog as well as to the online News Center, found at bbb.org/evansville. Susan also helps to produce an annual accredited business recognition banquet.

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