How to steer clear of scams

Many people hoping to nab tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship game were left disappointed Tuesday as Eagles playoff tickets once again sold out in minutes.

Out-of-luck Birds fans are resigned to stalking secondary market sites this week, scouring for the cheapest tickets to see the Eagles take on the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field.

But proceed with caution and common sense.

Scammers are familiar, too, with all the frenzied ticket hunts happening in the days leading up to popular events, consumer protection experts told The Inquirer earlier this month.

Hot-ticket events like Sunday’s games are happening, too, amid a broader landscape of increased scam risks.

“It seems like at least attempts to sell counterfeit tickets to events are on the rise,” said Teresa Murray, consumer watchdog for the Public Interest Research Group. “And we think part of the reason is the pandemic. Large events were on hold for months and months in 2020,” creating pent-up demand.

Now “it seems like life is sort kind of getting back to normal, so there’s a higher demand for tickets,” she added. “There are scam artists that are looking to take advantage of that.”

Murray and Andrew Goode, vice president of the Better Business Bureau for Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and Eastern Pennsylvania, say these are their best for tips avoiding scams and price gouging:

Buy through well-known resellers

Don’t deviate from the big names: SeatGeek, StubHub, Ticketmaster, and Vivid…

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