Super Bowl tickets: Tips to avoid scams, counterfeits
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Super Bowl tickets: Tips to avoid scams, counterfeits

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Tight supply and high ticket prices to the Super Bowl make conditions ripe for scammers and counterfeiters, but there are ways to protect yourself. (Dreamstime/TNS)

If you're looking to score tickets to Super Bowl 2020 on Feb. 2, get ready to cash in your 401(k).

While it is late in the game to get affordable tickets, the NFL still has some for sale for $4,600. Each. Slightly cheaper but still pricey options are available on the secondary market when the big game arrives at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Tight supply and high prices make conditions ripe for scammers and counterfeiters hungry to take your money.

That means the only safe option is purchasing through the NFL or an authorized reseller. Buying a game-day ticket in the parking lot for thousands of dollars? That's a bad bet.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Better Business Bureau offer helpful tips to skip getting clipped. Find more at BBB.org/tickets.

Caveat emptor

If the price of the ticket seems too good to be true, it probably is. Buyer beware.

Purchase tickets on the secondary market only from official ticket agents. Ticketmaster.com is a safe bet. Others include eSeats.com and Tickpick.com.

Verify the seller

Professional ticket brokers are legitimate and accredited resellers. A ticket scalper is an unregulated and unlicensed seller, and a scammer sells counterfeits. Verify the broker on BBB.org to see if there are any complaints and verify they are a member of the National Assn. of Ticket Brokers, which offers a 200% guarantee tickets are authentic.

Check out the seller/broker

Go to BBB.org to see if complaints have been filed against the business. Check to see if the seller is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers at VerifiedTicketSource.com. NATB members offer a 200% guarantee.

Use a credit card

If ticket is fraudulent, paying with a credit cards offers many protections if a ticket is fraudulent. Paying with cash, wire transfers or debit cards is risky. You won't be able to get a your money back.

Refund policy

Read the vendor's policy before making a purchase. Details about the terms of the transaction, the location of the seats represented by the tickets. If the tickets are not available for immediate accessible, verify when the tickets will ship or be available for pick up.

Scrutinize advertisements

When searching online, some ads will be ticket scams, especially if the prices are low or the deal seems too good to be true.

Check it

Verify authenticity of your ticket at Hard Rock Stadium at the Will Call window to find out if it is real or fake.

Report it

If you do buy a ticket that turns out to be counterfeit, contact The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at Floridaconsumerhelp.com or 800-435-7352 and the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint or 877-382-4357.

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