Don’t Get Fouled When Trying to Attend March Madness Games

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule was announced this past Sunday and official brackets determined. Congratulations to the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes Men’s Basketball team for making it into the tournament!

The Pepsi Center will be hosting the first and second rounds of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest bracket this week. If you are planning to cheer on the Buff’s in Des Moines, Iowa or even attend another game, make sure your March Madness experience does not get fouled.

Most problems lie in transactions with private dealers, mostly on websites like Craigslist and eBay. Ticket seekers in the past have been taken by wire transfer scams and non-delivery of tickets and have been turned away from games because their tickets turned out to be fakes.

BBB offers the following tips to help fans avoid being ripped off:

  • If you buy a ticket outside the event’s website, check for any refund or guarantee policies. Research the ticket site or seller to see if it provides any buyer protections, such as money-back guarantees if tickets are fake or do not arrive on time.
  • Be wary of ticket offers at extreme discount prices – these are generally too good to be true.  Buy at your own risk if you choose to use sites like Craigslist that offer no guarantees or seller identification. NEVER wire funds to strangers to pay for tickets. Try to meet in-person if possible. Always use a credit card for extra protections if the tickets are fake or you do not receive them.
  • The NCAA advises fans to buy from their website, or host schools ticket offices. The NCAA Ticket Exchange is the only 100% guaranteed, NCAA-approved secondary ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship tickets with other fans. Ticket holders who are unable to attend a game or find their team eliminated has a place to safely sell their tickets, and buyers can be assured that the tickets are authentic and guaranteed. Visit towww.ncaa.com/tickets.
  • Report any suspected ticket scams to local law enforcement and your BBB so that others can be warned.

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