Consumer Watch: Super Bowl scams

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 5:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- The Super Bowl is right around the corner and the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for counterfeit memorabilia and phony game tickets.

Whether it's the latest and hippest Super Bowl gear you're looking for, or if you're going to the big game in New Orleans and looking for tickets-buyer beware. Super scammers are tackling the Super Bowl this year.

We now know it will be either Baltimore or New England in the AFC and either San Francisco or Atlanta in the NFC. But before you buy that jersey, the B.B.B. says keep this in mind. Counterfeit NFL memorabilia is flooding the internet. Many of these websites do not even have the merchandise to sell. They just want consumer's credit card numbers and personal information to steal their identity and drain their bank account.

Between now and Super Bowl Sunday, thousands of tickets will be listed on classifieds websites offering buyers little protection.

The Better Business Bureau warns consumers to avoid pushy sales tactics, offers that require wire transfer of funds and offers that sound too good to be true.

For tickets stick to reliable and verifiable sellers like Ticketmaster and Stub Hub. That will guarantee your tickets authenticity. And remember no matter where you buy, if you buy last minute you are going to pay more.
 

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