State Police: Be cautious if purchasing Super Bowl tickets
After the New England Patriots’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, some Connecticut residents may consider getting some last-minute tickets to attend the Super Bowl game.
But Connecticut State Police said that travel sales and tickets for major sporting events so close to the game opens up a huge opportunity for people to scam fans.
And experts confirm that, saying fans and their families tend to get excited about a major sporting event and don’t entirely check out the details of what they’re purchasing.
“Scammers see that excitement as an opportunity to get you to act fast without thinking, and purchase tickets or travel packages that are misrepresented, or not real at all,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull.
Anyone considering a last-minute trip to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on Feb. 4, State Police said fans should make sure the tickets will arrive on time for the event, there is a clear refund policy, the seller gives a specific location of the seats or instructs the buyer when tickets are available for pickup or when they will ship.
State Police warned that online classified ads offering tickets for sale may be counterfeit or invalid tickets, among many other issues.
To avoid becoming the victim of a scam, State Police said buyers should pay for their purchases by credit card to have a record of the purchase and the right to dispute charges, never wire money to a seller and to research the seller’s reputation, if they’re selling online.
Fans should be wary that some websites will claim they are “an official National Football League partner,” State Police said.
And anyone who thinks they have been the victim of a scam and cannot resolve the issue can file a complaint by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.