Beware of Ticket scams before NFC Championship game

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(1/16/19) If you’re looking to be in that number when the Saints go marching in on Sunday, there’s a ticket scam you need to know about.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office says consumers lose millions of dollars each year, through con artists selling phony tickets or through illegal sales.

From right here in Acadiana and across the state of Louisiana…

Even celebs like Justin Timberlake, it seems everyone has the ‘Who Dat’ fever.

“Who Dat say they gonna beat them Saints, nobody, nobody,” exclaimed Bob Roddie.

He’s had season tickets in his family for 53 years now, and is anxious to see the Saints play Sunday, and hear the Mercedes Benz Superdome rocking.

“I’ve got the cardboard tickets and the bar code scans, so I don’t worry about it but the re-sale market, yeah you got to be careful,” said Roddie.

But the Attorney General’s Office is sending a warning to ‘Who Dat’ fans.

“As our beloved Saints continue down the road to Atlanta, don’t let scammers block your path to our next black and gold Super Bowl,” said AG Jeff Landry in a voice recording.

The Saints organization even saying that during this high-demand period, ticket fraudsters ramp up their efforts in targeting fans.

Senior Vice President of Sales Michael Stanfield saying, “We highly encourage fans to only purchase tickets through SeatGeek or NFL Ticket Exchange to ensure they are purchasing a valid and verified ticket.”

KLFY’s Consumer Alert and Scam Reporter Sylvia Masters, says she’s seen these online ticket scams before.

“You want to make sure the website has https at the beginning. But even purchasing tickets outside the Dome let’s say, I would be wary of that, because you never know if scammers are trying to scam and rip you off, from selling tickets in person,” said Masters.

General Landry is offering the following tips to consumers who are hoping to buy Saints-Rams tickets:

• Be skeptical of anything that seems too good to be true. Tickets being offered for less than face value should immediately set off alarm bells.
• Stick with reputable ticket brokers and resellers, like the NFL Ticket Exchange who guarantees authenticity. Tickets being sold through alternative means, such as Craigslist or scalpers outside the stadium, are nearly impossible to verify.
• See if the seller belongs to the National Association of Ticket Brokers, whose members must guarantee every ticket sold on their websites and provide a double-money-back refund if tickets are not delivered.
• Check guarantee policies. Even if vendors are not NATB members, they still should post on their websites policies that guarantee refunds if the event is cancelled, tickets are invalid, or tickets are not received. Be wary of websites without such stated policies.
• Do not post pictures of your tickets on social media before you get scanned into the Dome. Tickets may be easily reproduced by scalpers who can steal the barcodes and create counterfeits.
• Use payment methods that come with protection. If possible, use a credit card so you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised. Debit cards, wire transfers, or cash transactions are risky; if the tickets are fraudulent, you will not be able get your money back.

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