CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As fans celebrate Panther success, the Better Business Bureau is warning customers to be wary of counterfeit merchandise.
The BBB says big events come with big scams and everyone should know how to protect themselves.
While not everyone was able to snag a golden playoff ticket in the three minutes before they sold out Tuesday, there are some available on other sites. Official NFL Ticket Exchange sells tickets verified by Ticketmaster as being authentic. The BBB calls it the best option to get to the playoffs.
People are selling their passes on other sites, as well.
TicketsNow verifies tickets and sends them via email immediately after purchase. StubHub requires sellers to provide credit card numbers to protect buyers. If tickets turn out to be counterfeit, the seller’s credit card is charged for the cost of replacement tickets.
Fans should look for the BBB seal when using any online broker to know it is reputable. They should also buy tickets through the site instead of privately with the seller.
The BBB warns buyers to use caution when buying tickets on the street. They should be compared to a real ticket to minimize risk.
If buying through Craigslist, don’t pay the seller directly through a wire transfer or with a debit card and verify the tickets are real before paying anything. Transactions should be conducted in person.
Customers should also be aware of fake merchandise. The Official Team Store is guaranteed to have NFL licensed gear.