(WBTV) - Football season, for some, seems like the fastest three months of the year. It's also a time you can lose a lot of money, if you aren't careful.
Ticket scams are all over the internet.
Websites like StubHub, TicketsNow, and RazorGator all have an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau. However, those sites don't actually own the tickets that are listed. Instead they're sold by people just like you and me.
Ticketmaster is a different story.
The BBB says tickets you find there are certified by Carolina Panthers organization - however, the tickets belong to PSL owners.
What about Craigslist you ask?
The BBB warns - never pay the seller by wire transfer or prepaid debit cards. If something goes wrong, there is now way to get your money back. And unlike websites like StubHub, Craigslist does not guarantee that the tickets will be real.
Tips for football fans looking for tickets:
- If you are buying tickets on the street before the game, be very careful. When you get to the gate and find out your tickets aren’t real, the seller will be long gone. To minimize the risk, you should find out what a real ticket looks like so you will know if the one you are buying looks real.
- If you are buying from an online ticket broker, look for the BBB seal so you know that you are dealing with a company that has a good reputation and a secure website for processing your payment. You should conduct the sales transaction through the online site. Don’t be lured away by a seller who would prefer to conduct the transaction privately.
- If you are buying tickets through Craigslist, you should never pay the seller by wire transfer or prepaid debit card such as the Green Dot card. You will have no way to get your money back if the tickets are counterfeit. Pay by credit card or PayPal, if possible.
- If you are buying from a local seller whom you do not know, you should meet the seller in a public place to conduct the transaction, so that you don’t get robbed.