Criminals taking advantage of NFL fans

The Better Business Bureau has tips for protecting yourself from scammers

FILE - At left, in a Nov. 1, 2015, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) run with the ball against the Detroit Lions, at Wembley Stadium in London. At right, in an Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) rushes to the end zone for a touchdown in the first half an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski and Chiefs' Travis Kelce won't face each other on Saturday. Not exactly. But the two tight ends will have some bragging rights on the line as the best tight end in the game. (AP Photo/File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The New England Patriots will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

Some websites are still selling last minute tickets, but there’s a few things you might want to check before you take out your wallet.

According to the Better Business Bureau, ticket schemes spike during the NFL playoffs. Criminals use this opportunity to sell fans counterfeit tickets, and several football fans fall for it every year.

If you’re buying last minute tickets, 22News is working for you with tips to avoid becoming a victim.

The Better Business Bureau says double check the source you’re buying tickets from. Ticket brokers are legitimate resellers, but ticket scalpers don’t have a license, which means they’re not regulated.

You can look up the ticket seller online by going to The Better Business Bureau’s website,

Another option is checking whether the seller is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. The NATB will offer a 200% guarantee on tickets that don’t arrive in time for the game.

The Better Business Bureau also recommends only buying tickets from trusted vendors.

If you’re buying tickets online, check the web address for a lock symbol. If it’s missing, that means the website doesn’t have a secure purchasing system.

A source might look like they’re selling legitimate tickets, but keep in mind websites have no way of limiting the number of times a person sells the same pair of tickets on other, similar websites. That means they can sell and forward the same pair of e-tickets over and over again.

Fake tickets that look real is another common scheme criminals use during playoffs.

To avoid becoming a victim, remember to ask the seller for their account number on the top of the ticket. If it doesn’t match their name from the ticket rep and the tickets, it could be a scheme.

Check the ticket broker’s refund policy. Only buy from ticket resellers that provide you with information on the terms of the transaction.

Lastly, always use a credit card. That way, you can file a claim quicker if it turns out to be a scheme.

The Pats will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:35 Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

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