Biggest Game of the Year Bring High Dollar Ticket Scams

By Scott Sarvay

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM EST

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – With base ticket prices near $3,000 and topping out over $15,000, scam artists are looking to get in on the action for the biggest football game of the year.

So be sure you get the real deal when you purchase your ticket.

Here’s what you can look for to make sure you’re getting an official ticket:

Look for the security marks, a hologram on the back with the Super Bowl logo visible at one angle and the Indianapolis Building window on the other.

There's also therma-chromic ink. When heat is applied on the graphic it'll fade away, then come back when the heat source is removed.

If you are still searching for tickets you may want to start at NFL.com.

They host an NFL ticket exchange, through Ticketmaster, which ensures that every Super Bowl ticket sold on its site is legitimate.

There are also ticket re-sellers, like Stub Hub, but be careful about buying online at other sites.

Karen Dahlberg, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission says, “You never want to be wiring money to a stranger. What you want to do is make sure you use a credit card and print any copy that confirms your order.”

Also, check the seating chart to make sure views aren't obstructed or that seats don't exist.

If you're buying tickets on the secondary market, the Better Business Bureau says to deal only with ticket brokers that provide clear details about the terms of the transaction.

They also advise to not buy from a site without a phone number and fixed place of business.




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