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Be cautious when purchasing Super Bowl tickets online

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Sunday night's NFL game officially kicked off football season and even though it's the first game of the pre-season, for many the Super Bowl countdown has already started.

For the first time February's big game will be held in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium, and tickets are already being sold.

If you didn't get your Super Bowl tickets through the NFL lottery, your next best option is going to be through online ticket re-sellers, but with online sales can come the possibility of scams.

Super Bowl XLV is still months away, but that doesn't mean people aren't already talking about it. Right now there is no telling who will be playing, but it will be in Dallas.

"Just be aware that there are going to be all kinds of ways that these super bowl tickets are going to be sold," said President of the BBB of the South Plains Nan Campbell.

It's going cost, but you can be there too. On several ticket re-seller web sites we found them priced from $1500 all the way up to $7500.

"Be careful purchasing online without knowing for sure who you are dealing with," said Campbell.

Campbell warns consumers to do their homework before making any purchases.

"The bottom line is to make sure that you are dealing with a legitimate ticket re-seller," said Campbell.

She suggests to make sure the web site has the BBB seal, so you know if the site is an accredited business.

"It also needs to be a clickable seal, so when you click on it, it goes to the report at the Better Business Bureau," said Campbell.

Campbell urges consumers to be careful using web sites like eBay or dealing with an individual seller.

Back in 2008, you may recall counterfeit tickets were being sold for the Texas Tech/ Texas game, and fans ended up paying $200 for what just looked like a season ticket.

"Make sure that the row and the seat number and everything is matching up to what the map of the venue shows," said Campbell.

You can make sure the site is secure if you see a lock at the bottom of the web page. So as you start making your plans for Dallas' first super bowl- just remember to be aware.

"There's going to be all kinds of ways that somebody is going to try to scam somebody," said Campbell.

Campbell also warns consumers to be careful with online sweepstakes, you should never be asked for personal information such as your bank information or your social security number.

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