Sacramento, Ca., – Oct. 23, 2012 –
Better Business Bureau warns Giants fans to be leery of World Series ticket and hotel offers that sound too good to be true.
Championship games can often lead to counterfeit tickets or wire transfer fraud. BBB encourages fans to be especially cautious when purchasing tickets through third-party sites or classified advertising.
Additionally, hotel scams that involve selling hotel rooms to hotels that don’t exist or offering invalid hotel reservations can leave fans stranded after a hard night of celebrating a win.
“Big games are known for bringing the scammers out,” said Gary Almond, president of BBB serving northeast California. “If you are going to buy tickets or book a hotel online, take a few extra seconds to research who you are dealing with.”
Better Business Bureau advises Giants fans to use the following guidelines when looking for deals during this World Series:
Be wary of purchasing tickets from someone on the street. You may end up with tickets that have already been used or outright fakes.
Ask the seller for additional contact information to ensure you can reach them if something goes wrong with the tickets or reservations. If the seller avoids your questions, be wary.
Ask for the original receipt the seller received for the tickets or hotel rooms.
If you are purchasing tickets or reservations through a classified site, do not wire money. There is no way to retrieve money once it is wired.
If purchasing through an auction site, read the seller’s reviews.
Check out the selling website’s policies. Are there any processes in place to verify a seller’s identity? Does the site offer any guarantees for the tickets purchased?
Review the seating chart and verify the seats actually exist before purchasing.
Before doing business with a company, always check its BBB Business Review at www.necal.bbb.org
or by calling 916-443-6843.
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