PHOENIX- With the Phoenix Suns set to play in the NBA Finals, Attorney General Mark Brnovich is reminding basketball fans to watch out for ticket scams. The high demand for tickets may tempt scam artists to sell counterfeit tickets to basketball fans.
“Scammers know that NBA Finals tickets are the hottest tickets in town,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “If you have Suns fever, make sure any tickets you buy are the real McCoy.”
In addition to counterfeit tickets, scammers can potentially sell home-printed tickets to multiple consumers or sell original tickets that have been voided because they have already been re-sold via online ticket re-selling websites.
Attorney General Brnovich offers the following tips when purchasing tickets for events:
- Buy tickets from trusted vendors.
- Do not pay for tickets with cash, wire transfer, gift cards, or pre-paid money transfer. If the tickets turn out to be fake, it is highly unlikely you will get your money back. If you pay by credit card and the tickets turn out to be fake, you can dispute the charge.
- Be wary of purchasing tickets from someone you don't know on Craigslist, eBay, or other similar person-to-person marketplace or auction sites.
- Be wary of advertisements with ridiculously low prices. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint by visiting the Attorney General’s website. If you need a complaint form sent to you, contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at (800) 352-8431.