Oregon football fans who don't donate big bucks to the athletic department are scrambling to find tickets for the Jan. 10 championship game in Arizona.

And Attorney General John Kroger, never one to miss a news peg, has come out with this helpful list of do's and don'ts when deciding where to spend untold amounts of money for a ticket to see the Ducks play Auburn.


Some of this stuff is obvious. But for those of us who have lost our wits, these tips below from Kroger come as a worthwhile reminder.

For Oregon Duck football fans, 2010 has been a dream

season with an undefeated record and a trip to the championship game.

But if you hope to cheer in person at the 2011 Tostitos BCS National

Championship Game in Arizona, don’t let a con artist turn your dream

into a nightmare by selling you counterfeit tickets or bogus travel

packages. Below are some tips offered by the Oregon Department of

Justice and Attorney General John Kroger to help consumers avoid

purchasing fake tickets:

Scammers often use the lure of cheaper tickets to take consumer’s

money. Be suspicious of any offer that seems too good to be true,

because it probably is.Purchase tickets from a reputable ticket distributor.Do not purchase tickets sight unseen unless you are using a reputable ticket distributor.If using Craigslist, meet the seller face-to-face in a public place.

Ask questions about the seats and seller. Get reliable contact

information from the seller in case the tickets are counterfeit.Confirm that the section, row and seat on your ticket corresponds with a location in the stadium.If possible, use a credit card or account-to-account transfer

service such as PayPal. If the tickets you purchased aren’t delivered,

not as advertised or counterfeit, you can dispute the charge.Never wire money or give out personal account information to individuals you do not know.Purchase tickets before going to the game. Scammers use color

printers to create very real-looking tickets and will try to sell them

to desperate fans outside of the stadium for quick cash.If you purchase a travel package, contact the airline and hotel directly to make certain the reservations are legitimate.Verify that any travel agent you are working with to book a travel

package is a member of a recognized trade association, such as the

American Society of Travel Agents.

Attorney General John Kroger and the Oregon Department of Justice are

committed to protecting Oregon’s marketplace and keeping scammers on

the sidelines. If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a fake

ticket scam, please call the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392.