BBB: Buying World Series tickets online

Published On: Jun 06 2014 02:42:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 06 2014 02:42:52 PM CDT



The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be cautious when purchasing College World Series tickets online.

The CWS begins on June 14 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Denise Groene with the BBB says thousands of fans will be searching online for tickets. She says those fans should be cautious because where there is big money to be made, scammers always follow.

The secondary-ticket market is a $10-billion yearly industry according to the BBB.  To avoid buying tickets that are counterfeit or at a higher market price than necessary, the bureau gives some tips:

  • When buying from a merchant, check with the BBB to be sure you're dealing with a company that has a good reputation for satisfying customers and a secure website for processing your payment
  • When buying from an individual through an online exchange don’t be lured away from the website by the seller. Even if you met the seller on the exchange website, the company may not guarantee any lost money if a transaction occurs outside their domain.
  • If you buy tickets through an online auction, choose a seller with a long, continuous history of satisfied customers. Scammers can hijack old accounts, so make sure they have recently bought or sold other items.
  • Pay with a credit card or through PayPal, which offer some protection and potential reimbursement. Never pay with a cashier’s check or wire money to a seller; you’ll have no way to get your money back if the tickets do not arrive.
  • Many sellers will include pictures of the tickets with their posts on auction sites or bulletin boards. Scrutinize the tickets closely for any inaccuracies or alterations, and cross-check the seat assignment with the map on the venue’s Web site before you buy.