Allison here, with AllClear ID. Many of us are excited to see whether the San Francisco 49ers or the Atlanta Falcons will go to the Super Bowl, and whether it’ll be the New England Patriots or the Baltimore Falcons that will join them. With only two weeks until the big game, it is important not to let your excitement lead you into a Super Bowl scam. Unfortunately, scammers are as excited as anyone else to capitalize on the buzz.

Tickets and Memorabilia

Two  of the main scams associated with the Super Bowl, and many other sporting events, are counterfeit tickets and fake memorabilia. According the Better Business Bureau, some websites claim to sell the tickets or memorabilia, only to take credit card numbers and personal information without delivering the product in return. These scams are more than attempts to sell knockoffs or to use a team’s logo illegally, they are designed by id thieves to steal identities or drain bank accounts

Tips to Avoid Super Bowl Scams

To avoid these scams, here are some tips:

  • Don’t take an offer that sounds “too good to be true.” Tickets, especially last minute tickets, are going to be expensive.
  • If the salesperson or website is using overly pushy sales tactics, or is offering products that are low in quality, then it’s likely to be a scam.
  • Never perform a wire transfer. Once the transfer is made, it’s almost impossible to recoup your money or to trace the funds.
  • Only make purchases from legitimate sites. Most of the time, tickets and products won’t be cheap, but you know you are dealing with a trustworthy vendor.

As the game approaches, we will keep you updated with any other scams and schemes we come across, so check back frequently, and exercise caution when purchasing any tickets or memorabilia.