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Better Business Bureau: Beware Of Super Bowl Scams All Over The Place

Anything From Tickets To Merchandise Can Be Fabricated, So Keep Both Eyes Open
MetLife Stadium preps for Super Bowl XLVIII as seen from Chopper 880 on Jan. 8, 2014. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

MetLife Stadium preps for Super Bowl XLVIII as seen from Chopper 880 on Jan. 8, 2014. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – When it comes to purchasing Super Bowl tickets, the Better Business Bureau is urging that the buyer beware.

A serious scam is out there threatening to hit those looking to go to the big game in East Rutherford, N.J., next month, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported Tuesday.

From the sides of buildings to streetlamps and store windows to preparations at MetLife Stadium, there are reminders all around that the Super Bowl is less than three weeks away. That has prompted a reminder from the BBB.

“You could be opening yourself up to all kinds of trouble,” the Bureau’s Claire Rosenzweig said.

Rosenzweig says every year the NFL sacks sellers of counterfeit merchandise. It’s an ongoing problem with a new twist — if you end up buying counterfeit team gear over the Internet.

“You could be entering credit card information to a site that has nothing to do with wanting to get you your merchandise. Really, what they’re doing is trying to get your personal information for their own gain,” Rosenzweig said.

The BBB highly recommends buying merchandise from trusted sources.

It’s also inevitable some fans will be coming here to the Big Apple from Denver or Seattle, Boston or San Francisco, holding tickets to the big game, but not realizing they’ve been scammed.

“We learn of hundreds of fans every year who travel to the host city with the hope of watching their team play in the Super Bowl game, only to be turned away at the gate having bought counterfeit tickets or tickets that were reported lost or stolen,” the NFL’s Anastasia Danias said.

In many instances the victims say the tickets looked legitimate only to find out later that they’d been had. Counterfeiters are sophisticated, so, again, buy only from trusted sources, experts told Aiello.

May the best team win and, once again, let the buyer beware.

The BBB says it’s best to buy tickets from the NFL’s official website, or from a reseller that belongs to the National Association of Ticket Brokers, Aiello reported.

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