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Better Business Bureau: Don't get scammed by fake tickets

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With the Seahawks and the Huskies advancing to the playoffs in pro and college football respectively, and the Washington State Cougars headed for the Holiday Bowl on December 27, the Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is reminding fans to be mindful of fraudsters selling fake tickets and counterfeit merchandise.

The Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau reports counterfeiting as one of the fastest growing economic crimes, accounting for $600 billion in global trade a year. 

BBB reminds football fans to be wary of too-good-to-be-true deals and to exercise caution when buying playoff tickets or merchandise.

  • Don’t fumble. Avoid shady transactions where sellers fail to provide contact information or prefer to conduct business in private. Never wire money or fill up a pre-paid debit card as a method of payment.
  • Spot the pump fake. Know how an actual playoff ticket looks and feels. Steer clear of tickets printed on flimsy paper, with smeared ink and uneven margins. When in doubt, just walk away.
  • Stiff-arm scammers. Be alert for counterfeit merchandise sold at cheap prices. Remember, official NFL gear can only be sold by authorized retailers.
  • Be on the defense. Watch for pop-up street vendors, online auctions and other questionable sources. Check with bbb.org first before making a purchase.
  • Avoid the false start. Look for BBB’s seal when buying tickets from an online broker. Use verifiable ticket sellers and resellers that hold vendors responsible for ticket authenticity.

 Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a counterfeit scam should contact their local law enforcement and report it to BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.

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