Scammers are ripping off Panthers fans

Know how to protect yourself against Panthers ticket scams.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the Panthers kick off another season, tickets scammers are back at it, too.

This past weekend as the Panthers took on the San Francisco 49ers, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they received four separate reports of people being sold fake tickets.

In one instance, a woman claims bought tickets off of Craigslist for $250 but found out they were fake when she was denied entry at the gate.

And another victim, says he transferred money to the seller but never received the tickets.

"This is a continuing problem season to season,” says Maryanne Dailey who works for the Better Business Bureau in Charlotte.

Dailey says when it comes to buying tickets, she always urges fans to use credible sites such as StubHub, Ticketmaster or the NFL Ticket Exchange, and she urges people to stay away from Craigslist. In addition to credible sites, Dailey recommends always validating the site’s return policy and always paying with a credit card.

"If you do pay through credit card, you do have some way of getting your money back because your can dispute your credit card charge," says Dailey.

She says wire transfers are never a good idea. For fans looking to go to the game last minute or who are considering buying tickets from someone selling on the street, she says know your tickets will never be guaranteed.

“We'd say that you have a greater chance if they’re standing next to a police officer selling tickets,” says Dailey.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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