State Attorney General warns of fraudulent football tickets

Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer

November 23, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

If you’re going to go through the non-traditional method of buying tickets to the Ohio State/Michigan football game this weekend, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning you to be wary of last-minute ticket sales to big games or events.

“Ohioans have been continually scammed by online ticket sellers,” DeWine said. “We want to remind Ohioans to be careful when purchasing tickets online from third party vendors or online market places.”

For example, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has reports of fraudulent tickets being sold for the Ohio State v. Michigan game. A consumer thought he bought tickets online and wired money to have the tickets mailed. The tickets never arrived.

The Federal Trade Commission offers the following tips to protect yourself from a ticket scam:

  • Check with the event organizer, promoter, or venue where the event will be held to learn how and when tickets are being sold.
  • Be aware that the official logo and trademarks (or look-a-likes) of the event can be imitated to try to convince you that a bogus website, or ticket, is official.
  • Read what others say about the seller. Search the Internet to find out about other people’s experiences.
  • Be skeptical of sites that say they “guarantee” tickets. Some companies sell package deals without having the tickets in hand. Even if the seller intends to get the tickets later, they may not be able to.
  • Always print a copy of your order for your files.

DeWine said additionally, wiring money or using prepaid credit cards is a preferred way for scammers to be paid. DeWine said people should be very cautious when a seller asks for one of these methods.

For more information about ticket scams, other scam alerts, and consumer information visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com