Beware of Super Bowl scams


Beware of scammers targeting you with counterfeit Super Bowl tickets.

Crooks target people a number of ways: manufacturing fake tickets, selling tickets they don't have or using fake versions of legitimate websites to get payment and personal information.

Credit.com released some best practices to prevent becoming a victim. 

1. Research

Look at the Better Business Bureau's website to see if any seller has complaints against them. You can also check to see if the seller is a registered member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. Also research specific seats being offered to make sure they exist in the stadium.

2. Stick to trusted, secure websites

Go directly to each site rather than enter through an email or online ad. You can tell a secured website by looking for https at the beginning of the Web address, Credit.com reports.

3. Pay by credit card

Credit.com says credit cards generally offer better fraud protections than cash and debit cards. Also, it's advised you don't wire money to any seller.  “If something goes wrong with the transaction, you’ll have no way to get your money back,” the FTC wrote in a World Cup Ticket Scam warning in 2014. “Once you wire money, it’s gone forever.”

4. Report violations

If you become a victim, you can contact the NATB at 1-630-510-4594 and file a complaint with the BBB at bbb.org. You can also file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.