Tips to Avoid Being Scammed When Purchasing Event Tickets


The holiday season is approaching and event tickets are a popular choice for gifts, but experts say you may want to follow a few tips to keep from following victim of a scam operation.

The Better Business Bureau and National Association of Ticket Brokers advises consumers to follow these tips when purchasing event tickets:

  • Check out the seller/broker: Look them upon and see if they are alegitimate business with a business review.
  • Check to see if they are a member of the NATB,as NATB members offer a 200 percent guarantee on tickets that don't arrive in time fora sports event, concert or show.
  • Know the difference between a ticket broker whois a legitimate and an accredited reseller and a ticket scalper who isunregulated and unlicensed as a ticket seller.
  • Check the ticket broker's refund policy. Onlybuy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of thetransaction.
  • Always use a credit card so you have some recourse;do not use cash.
  • Check the seats out ahead of time. Always askfor the section, row and seat number to avoid obstructed view seats or seatsthat do not exist. Ask questions to make certain you get all the answersyou need to feel comfortable with the ticket purchase.
  • If you believe you have purchased a counterfeitticket, immediately report it to the NATB's hotline at 630-510-4594 and file acomplaint with the BBB.