TAMPA, Fla. – For all the excitement, as we near this year’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Hillsborough County Attorneys and the Better Business Bureau warn that scammers may be trying to take advantage of unsuspecting fans. They say this is especially true when it comes to getting tickets to the big game.
According to the Better Business Bureau, it is important to know the difference between a ticket broker who is a legitimate and accredited reseller and a ticket scalper who is an unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller.
We’re already seeing snipe signs like this one in West Tampa near Raymond James Stadium where someone is offering to pay for tickets in cash. So how can you make sure you’re not being exploited?
Signs like this appear in West Tampa near Raymond James Stadium.
The Better Business Bureau says that when buying tickets you want to look for safe sites like this one from the NFL. One of the most important things to look for is the padlock on the website that indicates it is secure. Also, you should make sure that it starts with HTTPS at the beginning of the web address.
Hillsborough County District Attorney Andrew Warren is persecuting anyone who tries to take advantage of the fans and that the sentences can be severe. But he also says prevention is one of the best ways to stay safe.
“It can be difficult to identify the culprits and it is even more difficult to get your money back,” Warren said. “That is why it is so important that people understand the red flags in order not to become fraudulent.”
Warren said the most common type of Super Bowl scam involves tickets, but people need to be on their guard on other Super Bowl events as well.
“There are many Super Bowl-related events that are outside of the big game,” Warren said. “There is also rental fraud where people try to take advantage of those who want to rent their houses to people who come in for a Super Bowl weekend.”
Warren says the best way to avoid scams is to know what you are buying and who you are buying it from.
“Do your homework, find the salesperson in the Better Business Bureau,” he said. “Make sure you pay with a credit card so you have some protection for what you buy. If at the end of the day it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”