NEW: Kilmartin Warns of Super Bowl Scams
Thursday, January 26, 2012
As New England fans prepare to cheer the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XLVI, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is urging consumers to avoid possible Super Bowl scams.
“Super Bowl tickets and travel packages to Indy are extremely coveted – loyal New England fans are willing to pay a premium to witness the Patriots take on the New York Giants for a Super Bowl rematch,” said AG Kilmartin. “Unfortunately, where there is a demand, there are scam artists looking to take advantage. We urge Patriots fans to be cautious when booking travel or purchasing tickets for the Super Bowl.”
Before heading to Indianapolis without tickets in hand or a confirmed place to stay, here are some things to keep in mind:
- For travel, use travel agents or websites that you trust. Make sure that a website address starts with “https” (not “http”) and there is a padlock icon on the web address to indicate it is a secure website. Get details and confirmation numbers in writing – legitimate companies will provide a written or emailed confirmation of your reservation.
- When purchasing tickets, try to purchase tickets directly from the NFL or an NFL-approved ticket broker.
- If you do go through a ticket broker, do your homework. Before buying tickets, check the event website to make sure that seats actually exist in the section you are requesting. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against the broker or agency. Always pay by credit card – do not wire funds.
- If you plan on doing business with a ticket broker in another state, check that state’s ticket reseller statutes. In Rhode Island, it is illegal to sell tickets for more than $3 or 10% above face value, whichever is greater, unless the owner or operator of the property on which the entertainment event is to be held or is being held authorizes, in writing, any person to sell the ticket at a higher price. This statute only applies to transactions that take place in Rhode Island.
- Read the fine print before purchasing tickets or travel accommodations.
“Many New Englanders dream of cheering on the Patriots at the Super Bowl, but do not let your enthusiasm for the game cloud your judgment,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “I cannot say this enough: if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Be wary of potential Super Bowl scammers, and however you celebrate the Super Bowl, please be safe.”