As March Madness takes center stage at the CenturyLink Center, cautionary tales of counterfeit tickets also follow.
The Better Business Bureau is blowing the whistle on scams related to the NCAA Basketball Tournament as the city prepares to host the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games this weekend.
"The most common ways secondary-ticket sellers scam college basketball fans is by delivering counterfeit tickets or simply not sending the tickets," said President Jim Hegarty. "Even if tickets do arrive, they are sometimes not for the seats the seller advertised - which can mean fans are stuck with seats that aren't next to each other."
Or, not in the reserved section but are located in the general admission section, he said.
With ticket prices being upward of $300, the BBB is urging fans on the following:
- Research before you purchase
- Buy only from trusted vendors
- Know the refund policy
- Use payment methods that come with protection like a credit card
- Be wary of ticket offers at extreme discount prices