AG warns Penn State, Pitt fans of potential bowl ticket scams


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Penn State and Pitt football fans should be wary of potential scams when they buy tickets for upcoming bowl games, Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer warned Wednesday.

Beemer said the state attorney general’s office has received complaints in the past about questionable travel packages and counterfeit tickets.

The AG’s Bureau of Consumer Protection offers the following tips to avoid ticket-related scams:

– Purchase tickets from a reputable seller.

– Never wire-transfer money to individuals you do not know.

– Make sure the location of your seats corresponds with actual seat numbers, rows and sections in the stadium.

– Understand the terms and conditions of the sale when purchasing tickets online or from ticket brokers.

– Consider using a credit card to pay for tickets (You can dispute charges on a credit card if the tickets are not delivered or turn out to be counterfeit).

Consumers should consider the following tips when purchasing a travel package:

– Pay particular attention to what the travel package does and does not offer (Do not assume that every package includes airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the game).

– Get all the offers, terms and conditions of your package in writing, including the cancellation policy, in the event that you are unable to make the trip.

– Research the hotel and its location. In some instances, consumers have been told that their hotel is within walking distance to the venue, when in reality it was too far to walk and required additional expenses to either rent a car or pay for other ground transportation.

– Do not use cash or wire-transfer money.

– Be wary of unknown and private sellers who refuse to provide you with verifiable contact information.

– Be cautious of travel packages that appear to be extremely cheap or extremely expensive.

Penn State will play the University of Southern California in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Jan. 2. Pittsburgh will play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Northwestern University on Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium in New York.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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