January 31, 2007
You better be careful if you're trying to buy tickets for this weekend's big game.
The FBI is warning that there are a lot of fake tickets out there that you could end up paying big bucks for.
As is the case with many big sporting events, fraudulent game tickets are a-plenty for the Super Bowl. And if you buy one and pay the thousands of dollars they cost...you'll be out the money and you won't be able to get into the game.
But there are some ways you can protect yourself.
If you're buying online on auction sites like eBay, make sure you only buy from sellers who use the service called PayPal. If the person says they'll only take cash or a wire transfer, that should raise a red flag.
There are also people saying they can't go to the game because they're traveling out of the country. That too should raise your eyebrows.
The moral of this story is, be very careful who you send your hard-earned money to for those tickets.
"We see it every year at the Super Bowl, every year here at the Masters," FBI Agent Ed Reinhold told 12 On Your Side. "People either have bogus tickets or no tickets at all."
If you've got any questions about these scams or maybe you've already been a victim of one, click here to learn more or file a complaint.