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Red Sox ticket scam precautions

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By Dana Griffin

PROVIDENCE, RI - Red Sox fans can't wait to watch the World Series on TV, but would rather sit in Fenway seats.

Red Sox fan, Daniel Hurley said, "Loved to go; money's going to have me staying home watching it, maybe going to a friends' house, something like that."

If the price was right, they'd be there, but a warning from the Better Business Bureau urges consumers to take precaution.

Every year the BBB finds at least a dozen fraud cases during major sporting events.

Pawtucket attorney, Chris Lefebvre showed us what to look for when purchasing World Series tickets online.

We looked through about a dozen questionable ads on Craigslist advertising World Series tickets; some may very well be legitimate.

"But still, $800 dollars. Do I want to pay $800 to a stranger?" said Lefebre.

Lefebre suggests avoiding the middle man and use the official MLB ticket website.

"I'd probably air on the side of caution and pay a little extra to make sure that when the game starts, that I'm sitting in my seats and not in the back seat of my car lamenting," said Lefebre.


Here are a few tips provided by the BBB:

Start your search with trust. Know the name, address and phone number of the business you are considering making a purchase from. Check out the business at to make sure that it is legitimate.

- Be sure to get the details in writing; this includes the price of the tickets, location of the seats, cancellation policies and any other important information. If booking a hotel room, check the hotel's website or a well-known travel site to be sure the hotel is legitimate.

- If you are uncertain about an online deal for a hotel room, call the hotel directly to verify.

- Use a credit card or PayPal when making a purchase online as the charges are more secure and easiest to dispute if a problem arises.

- When buying tickets online, ask for a picture of the tickets and verify them using the venue's seating chart. Get the seller's real name and contact information.

- If you buy from an online seller, be sure you take the necessary precautions to ensure you are not being sold fraudulent tickets.


 "Anyone who's been a victim of the scams are usually, they never see their money back," said Lefebre.

Courtesy: Better Business Bureau

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