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Watch out for fake Super Bowl tickets making the rounds

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – We’re one week from the big game, we’re talking about the Super Bowl of course, but be careful if you are planning on heading down to Arizona. The Better Business Bureau says there are a lot of fake tickets making the rounds.

The first thing you need to check is if the broker you’re buying from is legit.

Evan Kelly with the Lower Mainland’s BBB says a lot of scammers post to websites like Craigslist which are not really policed. “Scammers these days are really, really good at recreating tickets and making them look and feel like the real thing. And you’re not going to find out it’s a real ticket or a fake ticket until you get there and the scan thing doesn’t work.”

He suggests paying for anything like a Super Bowl or concert ticket with your credit card. “It’s easier to cancel. It’s easier to get your money back if there is a scam. Of course if you do choose to buy off someone on Craigslist the chances are you’ll have to pay with cash — so, you are taking a bit of a risk.”

If you’re buying game tickets in the US, you should also check to see if the broker you’re buying from is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (natb.org). NATB members offer a 200 per cent guarantee on tickets that don’t arrive in time for the event.

The BBB says you should double-check the seat and the section with the stadium to make sure it actually exists.

Kick-off between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots is at 3:30 p.m. next Sunday.