Wednesday, January 19, 2011

AG Warns Of Online Playoff Ticket Scams

Attorney General Lisa Madigan Tuesday warned fans buying  Bears playoff tickets to investigate online ticket sellers. Madigan said fake ticket scams usually surface during high-demand special events like Sunday’s game.

“Football fans need to be careful if they buy tickets online,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Don’t get so caught up in the excitement of the playoffs that you wind up the victim of a con artist cheating you out of a lot of money.”

Madigan offered these tips on special-event ticket sales:

Find out whether the broker is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (www.natb.org) and the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org).

Find out if the broker's registered with Illinois Secretary of State’s Index Department in Springfield. State brokers have to maintain a rebate fund.

Don't pay cash for tickets, especially to a stranger. Consumers should deal only with a seller who accepts credit card payments or other secure payment methods. Don't buy if the website isn't secure. Consumers should also be wary of online escrow sites, especially those recommended by a seller.

Big capital letters: NEVER wire any payment to a seller for any reason.

If you've been scammed, Madigan has  hotlines--800-386-5438 and 800-243-0618 or you can file a consumer complaint by downloading a form at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/conscomp.pdf

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