Beware of baseball ticket scams

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Baseball fans can buy tickets from just about anywhere.

"I usually buy mine from the ticket office," said Reds fanatic David Morris. "Or even from the ticket office on Reds.com."

And Morris isn't alone. The online market is booming.

"I've tried StubHub.com my first time," said fan Keith Varnabol. "I was kind of leery about that because I've never been on StubHub, but it actually worked out good. I got the tickets. No hassle or anything."

Unfortunately, as the secondary ticket market becomes more popular so does the chance to get scammed.

"Some of the biggest issues that they have is that they're buying counterfeit tickets and they don't realize it until they attempt to attend the event or they purchase tickets online and just never even receive them," said Leslie Kish, vice-president of operations for the Better Business Bureau.

Kish said your best bet is buying tickets from the athletic venue.

"If you've seen the tickets that someone has standing outside the venue, that doesn't guarantee you that they're going to be the real deal," Kish said.

Kish said some sites are legit, but you just need to do your research. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Choose a seller with a long history of happy customers.
  • Make sure the company has a physical address and phone number, that way, if you're scammed you have some way of tracking down the company.
  • Use a credit card or PayPal; never a cashier's check or cash.
  • Check the seat assignment with the map on the venue's website. Scammers will often sell you tickets that are either in horrible locations or fakes.

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