Beware of summertime sports and entertainment ticket scams

DENVER -- It's only June and special event ticket scammers are already targeting many people through social media news feeds.

A Denver metro area mom told the FOX31 Problem Solvers she found a great deal on Facebook: Four Broncos tickets for $99.

The purchased tickets were supposed to arrive within 14 days but she says a man who answered a contact phone number said they would now arrive in late August. The page's messaging function has since been shut down.

"It is very sad, I work really hard for my money," the woman said.

Krista Ferndelli warns, "It does fit the pattern of consistently putting off the receipt of the merchandise that you've paid," said Krista Ferndelli with the Denver Boulder Better Business Bureau.

BBB's tips to protect you from online ticket scams

  • Buy directly from sports and entertainment venues or a trusted seller like Stub Hub.
  • An online search can uncover complaints about ticket scams.
  • Never pay with cash or a debit card. Using a credit card can provide you with more protection, making it easier to dispute bogus charges.
  • Anyone who feels they have been scammed should report it to the BBB.
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