The Better Business Bureau warns Chicago baseball fans on Saturday that scammers are selling fake White Sox playoff tickets.
Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB for Chicago and Northern Illinois, said scammers are taking advantage of the excitement surrounding the playoff season to sell fake tickets and goods to victims
“There are tons of ways for consumers to find tickets online with online marketplaces, ticket sellers, resellers and the like, and unfortunately some of them are rip offs,” said Bernas.
In the case of tickets that are predominantly sold electronically, the aforementioned tickets and QR codes, which are required for admission, can only be recognized as forgery at the gate.
The BBB received hundreds of complaints of ticket fraud related to sporting events, concerts and theater performances over the past year.
Hundreds of complaints have also been filed by customers who bought counterfeit goods that appeared to be official major league baseball apparel, the BBB said.
Here are some tips for buying legitimate tickets:
- Buy tickets from a known source or the venue
- Search for ticket sellers via the BBB to verify their legitimacy
- Know the Refund Policy Before Purchasing
- Use a credit card when purchasing for protection. Debit cards, wire transfers, or cash transactions can result in additional loss of money
- Be wary of fake ads promoting cheap tickets
- Look out for high transaction fees on the last page of the purchase. Some ticket sellers collect personally identifiable information and sell tickets with extremely high fees to make more money without complete transparency