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.

Planning on “Peyton” San Francisco Orange for the Super Bowl?

Our Broncos are headed to the big game next week and many fans are headed out to San Francisco to cheer the team on to a 3rd Super Bowl title. With all the excitement swirling around, BBB wants to give you some tips ahead of either booking a Super Bowl package or being your own travel agent.

The two most difficult elements of a Super Bowl trip to fulfill are game tickets and hotel rooms. BBB urges you to be safe when booking for your dream trip to the 50th Super Bowl.

  • Research the seller/broker.  Find out as much about the seller/broker as possible, including if they are a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers.  NATB members offer a 200% guarantee on tickets that don’t arrive in time for a game, concert or show.
  • Know the difference between a ticket broker (legitimate and accredited reseller) and a ticket scalper (unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller).
  • Consider buying tickets only from official NFL ticket brokers
  • Check the ticket broker’s refund policy.  Only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.
  • Always use a credit card in case you need to dispute a false charge; never wire money to someone you have never met, and do not use checks or prepaid cards.
  • Check the seats out ahead of time. Always ask for section, row and seat number and double-check on the stadium seating chart to avoid obstructed view seats or seats that do not exist.
  • Ask questions to make certain you get all the answers you need to feel comfortable with your ticket purchase.
  • Use a secure connection and avoid public Wi-Fi.

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