Tri-State BBB Warns About March Madness Ticket Scams

With March Madness being just around the corner, your BBB® would like to remind basketball fans to be careful when purchasing tickets for the NCAA Men’s Tournament.

“As we get close to the main event of the month, the demand for NCAA tickets grows while the supply decreases, which could lead to an inflation of fake items on the market,” says Social Media Director Oana Schneider.

The Tri-State BBB would like to advise everyone to use caution when purchasing NCAA tickets around this time of the year, especially since the secondary market is already showing an increase in tickets for the Indianapolis games.

The National Association of Ticket Brokers advises everyone to follow these steps when purchasing a ticket:

  • Buy your ticket from the NCAA website or certified ticket offices. The NCAA is the only 100% safe place to buy secondary market tickets. This way, if you buy a ticket but can’t make it to the game, you can use the website to resell it. Also, if you are looking for a ticket, you can be sure that you are purchasing it from a trusted source. Find your ticket at ncaa.com/tickets.
  • Do your research on third-party sellers or brokers. Go to org or call the Tri-State Better Business Bureau located in Evansville, IN at (812) 473-0202.
  • Look for the padlock symbol. Trusted vendors will display this padlock symbol as a sign that the connection is secure. However, avoid clicking through from on email or online ad as many scammers try to replicate well-known websites in an effort to trick people.
  • Protect your payment. Only use credit cards as it takes a while for the transaction to go through. This way, if you get scammed, you won’t lose your money. Debit card purchases, wire transfers, and cash transactions are very difficult to trace, which means you won’t get your money back if something goes wrong with your tickets.
  • Ask about the refund policy. Before investing in March Madness tickets, make sure you know the refund policy. Also, don’t purchase tickets from a seller that doesn’t disclose information such as seat number, pick up availability, a seating chart, shipping fees and costs.
  • Be wary of extreme discount prices. With demand increasing and supply decreasing, the chances of a genuine ticket being on sale are small. Buy at your own risk, use only trusted and official websites, never wire money to strangers and always meet in person, if possible.

For more information you can trust, go to bbb.org/Evansville!

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About Oana Schneider 85 Articles
Oana Schneider is our Director of Media Services. She writes consumer and business oriented articles and is in charge of our community outreach program.

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