2013-01-17 / News

Don’t get scammed buying Pats tickets

With the AFC conference championship Sunday and the Super Bowl just around the corner, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is warning Patriots fans of possible ticket scams.

“With the divisional championship taking place on home turf, these are the hottest tickets in town right now,” said Kilmartin. “The chance to watch the Patriots and Ravens battle it out in an AFC championship rematch is one many New England fans don’t want to miss. However, we are warning Patriots fans: Don’t let your enthusiasm for the game cloud your judgment. Whenever there is a demand, scam artists will try to take advantage.”

Before meeting a stranger in a dark parking lot to hand over your hard-earned cash, here are some tips to keep in mind

• It is against the law in Rhode Island to overly inflate the price of tickets. Ticket sellers may not charge more than $3 or 10 percent – whichever is greater – of the price printed on the ticket.

• When purchasing tickets, try to buy tickets directly from the NFL or an NFL-approved ticket broker.

• If you go through a ticket broker, research the company. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the ticket broker or agency.

• Always pay by credit card. Do not wire funds or pay by cash. A credit card may provide some protection if you do not receive the tickets or if they turn out to be fake.

• Ask the seller to email or fax a copy of the actual tickets before making a payment. Make sure the ticket information includes the correct date, time, location and seating details. Verify that the seating information matches with the stadium where the game is being played.

“Hopefully the Patriots’ winning streak will continue, but just remember that the postseason is when scam artists step up their game also,” said Kilmartin.

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