JACKSON — Better Business Bureau of Mississippi is warning fans to beware of potential scams by fake ticket sellers for the upcoming Egg Bowl between Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi.
“With our state getting national attention from the success of our state’s two schools, scammers will be looking to take advantage of the excitement,” says John O’Hara, president/CEO of BBB/Mississippi. “We want to make sure consumers don’t become victims and take away from what is a truly memorable season.”
Sports fans most often get scammed buying tickets from individuals outside the stadium, on the street or through online auctions, classified ads and bulletin boards. Sports fans can get burned by purchasing counterfeit tickets or paying in advance for tickets that never arrive. The secondary market for sporting and entertainment tickets is estimated at more than $10 billion a year. It includes tickets bought and sold by professional brokers as well as those purchased and resold by speculators and season ticket holders. Tickets purchased for sports and entertainment events are the source of hundreds of BBB complaints by consumers nationwide.
The Internet has become the arena of choice for sports fans looking to buy or sell tickets, but unfortunately, it also has become a breeding ground for scammers looking to take advantage of sports fans. The BBB’s database of BBB business reviews includes reputable, secondary market ticket firms that provide buyer protections, including money-back guarantees if tickets are fake. BBB accredited ticket services can be found at bbb.org.
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