Scam alert: How to avoid March Madness ticket scams

Fans are gearing up for March Madness to arrive in New York, but experts say scammers are waiting to dupe people for tickets.

Bianca Rosembert

Mar 22, 2024, 2:36 AM

Updated 24 days ago

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Fans are gearing up for March Madness to arrive in New York, but experts say scammers are waiting to dupe people for tickets.
The United Services Automobile Association warns the NCAA Tournament is a prime time for criminals
Here are some tips to guard yourself from cons.
  • Buy from trusted vendors like VerifiedTicketSource.com to verify that it is a registered ticket reseller. StubHub and Ticketmaster offer guarantees against fraudulent listings.
  • Use protected payment methods: Pay with your credit card, which offers greater consumer protection.
  • Look for a refund policy
  • Beware of phishing scams: Don't click links in texts or emails. It could add malware your device and track your online activity.
  • Facebook Marketplace: Check seller profiles and to see how recently their account was made. If it was made in the last month, most likely, they are a scammer. If they have very few posts, this is also a red flag.
  • Pricing: If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
If you've been scammed, report the fraud to your bank immediately and add it to the BBB Scam Tracker.


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