Denver Broncos playoff tickets are in high demand for the Jan. 12 playoff game, and scammers are sure to take notice.
For many fans, obtaining tickets for the big game may require buying from third-party brokers. Better Business Bureau warns fans to use caution when making purchases through undisclosed agents.
"Playoffs always bring out the scammers," said Shelley Polansky, education and outreach manager for BBB serving northern Colorado and Wyoming. "Buyers need to know who they're buying tickets from and where their money is going."
Most problems occur with private dealers on websites such as Craigslist and eBay. Some fans wire money and never receive tickets, while others are turned away from the game when their tickets are found to be counterfeit.
BBB advises Broncos fans to remember the following when seeking last-minute tickets:
• Be wary of buying from someone on the street. You may wind up at the gate with fake tickets.
• When buying tickets online, verify the seller's legitimacy. Search for the site on wynco.bbb.org and review its business review to see if and how it responds to complaints.
• Make sure the payment processing page is secured, denoted by an "https://" at the beginning of the web address.
• When buying tickets through an auction site, choose a trusted seller with positive recent reviews.
• If you are buying through an online classified site, do not wire money. There is no way to retrieve money if the tickets do not arrive or are counterfeit.