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, donât 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 consumerâs
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 arenât 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 Oregonâs 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.