How to avoid buying Fake Super Bowl Tickets

Published on: Jan 26 2011 by Bob Bernstein

Every year approximately 150-200 people show up to the Super Bowl with Fake tickets.  Not only does this come as a shock when the patron finds out that they cannot enter the stadium with the bogus tickets, but the financial blow can be very steep.

For this year’s Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, fans can expect to spend $2500 or more for an upper level ticket and around $6500 for a 50 yard line Club Level seat.

In other words, someone who purchases 4 fake Super Bowl tickets will be out of pocket at least $10,000.  While these fans experienced the disappointment of missing the game – they also took a big hit to their pocketbooks when you consider the price they paid for their

Below is some good advice to fans looking to buy Super Bowl Tickets.

“Consumers need to be especially cautious when purchasing tickets from an online third-party,” said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Fraudulent ticket offers often appear on websites like Craigslist and in other classified advertisements.”

“Before hopping on a plane for Texas, make sure you have the official game tickets in your procession,” added Reinen. “Legitimate Super Bowl tickets are printed on thick, heavy paper with barcodes, holograms and raised ink. In addition, the NFL says the tickets include heat sensitive logos that disappear with the touch of a thumb.”

Consumer Protection offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim of Super Bowl ticket fraud:

Ask the seller to e-mail or fax you a copy of the actual tickets before making a payment. Make sure the ticket information includes the correct date, time, location and seating details.

Do not give out your credit card number, online or over the phone, unless you are sure the seller is legitimate.  Deal only “official” sources for tickets such as those endorsed by the team or those that are members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers.  These businesses carefully screen ticket offers and take care of other measures to protect consumers from ticket fraud.  Additionally it is advised to also check to see if the company’s BBB standing.

Lastly, be sure to use a credit card rather than cash, check or debit card to purchase tickets since it may provide some protection if you do not receive the tickets.

If you have any questions or concerns when purchasing Super Bowl Tickets, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 800-660-6031.

For over a decade, has assisted thousands of fans attending major concert, sports and theater events around the world with guaranteed and authentic event tickets.  We are an A+ Rated BBB company, and a long standing member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers.

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