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Sold Out UK Game May Lure Ticket Scammers

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 18:44:44-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– The Kentucky Wildcats are set to take on Tennessee Saturday night for College Gameday. Earlier this week, UK Athletics put out a reminder to “use caution against counterfeit tickets and unauthorized sellers” in anticipation that scammers were already at work.

Included in that reminder, they listed the sources authorized to sell men’s basketball tickets.

“Many times when an event gets sold out, that just primes the third party market for people who are still desperately looking for tickets for the event,” said Heather Clary, the Better Business Bureau Director of Communications.

She says if you’re still looking for a ticket, be sure to look out for red flags.

“For instance, if they want you to pay with an untraceable method, such as wiring money, that’s dangerous because, there’s no way to get that back. If they want you to pay with a gift card, a re-loadable card like an Amazon card or Google Play, that’s a classic for con-artists to use,” she said.

The BBB’s other tip is to choose the right card in your wallet.

“If you’re buying tickets from a website, be sure to use a credit card if you can because you always have that opportunity to dispute the charge if something goes wrong. You may miss the game if you ended up with no tickets or bad tickets, but at least you would get your money back,” she said.

That money could be put towards another game’s ticket.