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2/1/07-Tyler

East Texas BBB Says Watch For Super Bowl Scams

"The internet is scamming people constantly!," says Kay Robinson, President of the Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas.

Their office was not surprised when they received a BBB press release to spread the word about scammers selling bogus Super Bowl tickets online.

"Think of the disappointment. You spend all that money and time to go somewhere and get to the stadium and your tickets aren't any good," say Robinson.

On Ebay, we found a forum where some consumers are already reporting being had.

One of the biggest problems buying online is not being able to see if what you're getting is the real deal.

Robinson adds, "Crooks can make anything. They can make passports, they can make checks, and they can make anything and make it look real!"

Take for example these tickets. The one on the right side, with the word "sample" on it, is a legitimate ticket. The one of the left side of the screen is a fake.

They're one of 450 pieces of counterfeit merchandise seized in Miami by investigators.

"It's always better to buy from a licensed organization that sells tickets," says Robinson.

The BBB says organizations like the National Association of Ticket Brokers has a strict code of ethics for members to follow, with a 200% refund if they fail to deliver the tickets.

"If they're going to protect their clientele a 200% guarantee is pretty safe," says Robinson.

And if being safe rather than sorry is a philosophy you're willing to follow, you'll enjoy Super Bowl XLI with more money in your pocket.

"There's just no end to scams. We hear something everyday from everybody," says Robinson.

The BBB says besides using them as a resource, referrals from those you trust is also a way to check seller's credibility.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

 

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