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Schemes and Rip Offs: Super Bowl Scams

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BBB Warns: Look Out for Super Bowl Scams 

Saint Paul, MN – January 30, 2012 – With the Super Bowl just around the corner, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning consumers to be on the alert for knock-off team jerseys, counterfeit memorabilia and phony game tickets. 

"There are many good reasons not to buy counterfeit goods, but it boils down largely to issues of theft and quality," says Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB.  "Counterfeit items are essentially stolen goods. And counterfeit items are almost always more cheaply made, which means they won't last as long as officially licensed merchandise." 

Consumers trying to buy Super Bowl memorabilia online may have an even bigger problem. Some BBBs have received reports of websites that don't even have merchandise to sell you; they just want your credit card number and personal information in order to defraud you or steal your identity. The best way to ensure you are getting official sports gear is to buy directly from the team or league websites, or from official vendors at the stadium. 

Tickets for the big game can be an even bigger rip-off. Though a number of Super Bowl tickets are currently posted for sale on craigslist, the site offers no guarantees and does not require identification of its sellers. Buying in person isn't always an improvement, as it's gotten easier for scammers to make fake tickets that look real. 

So where can you turn? Stub Hub (www.stubhub.com) guarantees the authenticity of tickets, and Ticketmaster (www.ticketexchangebyticketmaster.com) handles ticket exchanges for the NFL.  

In general, people can avoid scams by being skeptical of:

-Offers that sound "too good to be true"

-Pushy sales tactics

-Low-quality merchandise

-Any offers that require wire transfer of funds

 And always check out a business first at www.bbb.org/search.

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