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DATCP wants Packers fans to be aware of ticket scams

MADISON (PRESS RELEASE)--Packer pride is no doubt a hot topic in your newsroom this week as Green Bay travels to Chicago on Sunday for the NFC championship game. Tickets for the football showdown are in high demand, and the Bureau of Consumer Protection urges consumers to watch out for ticket scams. To help educate your respective audiences, here is a bullet point list of timely tips to avoid becoming a victim of ticket fraud.    

  • Try to deal with "official" sources for tickets such as those endorsed by the team or those that are members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. These businesses carefully screen ticket offers and take care of other measures to protect consumers from ticket fraud.
  •  Verify that any travel agent with whom you are dealing is a member of a recognized trade association, such as the American Society of Travel Agents.
  •  Ask the seller to e-mail or fax you a copy of the actual tickets before making a payment. Make sure the ticket information includes the correct date, time; location; and seating details.
  • Do not give out your credit card number - online or over the phone - unless you are sure the seller is legitimate.
  •  Use a credit card rather than cash, check or debit card to purchase tickets since it may provide some protection if you do not receive the tickets.
  •  Contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection to determine if complaints have been filed against the business and check the business with the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (1-800-273-1002).
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