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LEXINGTON, Ky. (BBB) — Kentucky is headed to the Sweet Sixteen.  Fans of the University of Kentucky Basketball Wildcats will converge on “Catlanta” as the team prepares for play later this week. 

While it's the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball fans, there are some thieves looking to steal more than your joy.

Officials are issuing a warning to watch out for ticket scams. The Better Business Bureau says scammers are getting savvier when it comes to tricking consumers and will often event for which tickets are a hot commodity.

Here are some common sense ways to protect yourself.

  • Buy from trusted vendors Only use reputable websites and look for warning signs of “spoof” sites. Be wary of sites where tickets are posted for sale “by owner,” because they’re difficult to verify.
  • Use a credit card so you can take advantage of its protections.
  • Shop websites that begin with “https” rather than “http.” These websites have more protections for your personal information.
  • Inspect your tickets. Look for errors like misspellings, odd barcodes or missing holograms.
  • Know the refund policy.
  • Be wary of advertisements. When you search the web for online tickets, ads for cheap tickets will often appear. 

You can also check for fake vendors on VerifiredTicketSource.com.

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