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Copyright 2017 Spokane Spokesman-Review

Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA)

 

Whether you're looking for tickets to root on the Zags, Oregon Ducks or another favorite team, be aware of ticket scams.

The Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest offers these tips to sidestep scammers trying to take advantage of NCAA Tournament fans:

Eliminate the competition. Use the official NCAA website for a secure place to buy tickets. Fans also have the ability to securely buy tickets from other fans that can't make the game with the NCAA Ticket Exchange.

Play smart. Before deciding to purchase tickets on other sites, make sure to research the seller at bbb.org. Secure, legal sites include StubHub.com, SeatGeek and BBB Accredited business Vivid Seats for second-hand purchases. These sites guarantee a secure transaction.

Read your travel package. Just because a travel package has "NCAA Tournament" in the name doesn't mean it includes tickets. Do not assume tickets are included.

Research away game hotels and locations. Dishonest businesses may advertise that they are close to the stadium or "walking distance" when in fact they require car rentals or taxis.

Support the team store. Buy merchandise directly from the team website or official stadium vendors.

Avoid pop-ups while making brackets. Don't fall for the trick when ads ask to download malware or type in a password. Exit any type of ad or pop-up while typing in teams on any website.

Defense wins championships. Pay with a credit card to get protection if scammed. The credit card company can help obtain a refund if the tickets are fake.

Put a method to the madness. Be cautious of extreme discount ticket prices. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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