With the National Hockey League draft in Buffalo this weekend, hockey fans from all over are in town, hoping to see their favorite team draft the next NHL superstar. Tickets to the first round sold out quickly. Many fans are now turning to other sources and the secondary market to be able to attend.
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is reminding hockey fans to make sure to verify the tickets they purchase for draft events are real. Tickets for the first round are being resold on the secondary market for more than five times the original price. Sellers are taking advantage of the demand and exclusivity of this event.
BBB of Upstate New York has tips to make sure your tickets are the real thing:
•Verify the seats are real. Always ask for a section, row and seat number to check the location and avoid seats that do not exist.
•If you can, pay with a credit card. This way, you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised. Do not use cash; there is little to no way of getting your money back if the tickets are fake.
•Know the difference between a ticket broker and a ticket scalper. A ticket broker is a legitimate and accredited re-seller, while a ticket scalper is an unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller.
•Don't give too much personal information. It's important to never provide sensitive information such as your Social Security number or financial data. Confirm the name and address of the business before you purchase, especially if you are buying from a ticket broker or third-party website.
•Report any suspected ticket scams to local law enforcement and to BBB's "Scam Tracker" so that others can be warned as well.