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Super Bowl scams can tackle you for a loss

Super Bowl scams can tackle you for a loss

The teams are set. Your living room is ready and Super Bowl is right around the corner. Just make sure it’s the Ravens and 49ers taking the hit and not your pocket book!

The Central California Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for counterfeit memorabilia and phony game tickets in the next two weeks leading up the big game.


Memorabilia Scams

There are three good reasons not to buy counterfeit goods: theft, quality and security. Counterfeit items are stolen goods.

Someone has stolen your favorite team’s name and logo for their own profit. Plus, counterfeit items are often more cheaply made, which means they won’t last as long as the real thing. When purchasing counterfeit memorabilia online, you may face bigger problems. Consumers across the country, in the past, have reported websites to BBBs that don’t even have any merchandise to sell.

They just want the consumer’s credit card number and personal information to steal their identity or drain their bank account. To get official sports gear, buy directly from the team or league websites, or from official vendors at the stadium.


Ticket Scams

Between now and Super Bowl Sunday, thousands of tickets will be listed on classifieds websites, offering buyers little protection from dishonest sellers. BBB suggests making a game plan. Avoid scams by being skeptical of:

· Offers that sound “too good to be true”

· Pushy sales tactics

· Poor quality of merchandise

· Offers that require wire transfer of funds

So where can you turn? Choose reliable and verifiable sellers and resellers. Sites such as Ticketmaster and Stub Hub guarantee your tickets’ authenticity. Remember, last minute tickets will be expensive. And always check out a business at www.cencal.bbb.org

The BBB is an unbiased organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business reviews, Wise Giving Reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.

Please visit www.cencal.bbb.org for more information about the BBB System.

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