HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Thursday a Birmingham-area man was order to repay $15,000 after using Craigslist to sell fake college football tickets.
While this scammer is now in custody, the excitement surrounding the SEC Championship game creates a new opportunity for people to con you out of your money.
Often sellers take to websites like Craigslist and Ebay.
“If you’re on an auction site you may see an individual would try to lure you away from a protected site and handle the transaction one-on-one, because they are going to try to take advantage of you,” said Michele Mason, with the Better Business Bureau.
Mason says to look out for deals that seem too good to be true, and dealers that push you to make immediate decisions on a purchase.
Mason recommends purchasing game tickets on sites like Stubhub and trusted team websites, that offer protections if you fall victim to a scam.
If you plan to buy from scalpers before the big game, check the tickets for inaccuracies. Most tickets now come with holograms, so make sure to take a close look before handing over your cash.