5:33pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Sports

NCAA Tourney Brings Out Scamming Threat

Credit bbb.org

With March Madness comes the frenzy for basketball fans to find tickets and make plans to follow their favorite teams.  It's also a time when scammers focus their attention on taking advantage of those zealous fans.

  Heather Clary, with the Central and Eastern Kentucky Better Business Bureau, advises fans to stay with secure payment methods.  

 "Red flags people need to watch out for is anyone who wants to lure you away from protected sites such as pay pal or credit cards," said Clary. "Anybody who just wants you to wire them cash by a money gram is somebody to maybe reconsider doing business with because if you do not get your tickets, there's not anyway to trace that money that you have transferred."  Clary says it's also a good idea to check out ticket brokerage companies or websites recommended by the Better Business Bureau.   She says these types of scams are not limited to basketball.   "The farther the internet stretches around the world anymore, the more opportunity there is for people to actually get hooked into some sort of scam.  This kind of scam is not exclusive to NCAA basketball playoffs.  It goes on for Nascar, for events like the Kentucky Derby, even for things like the Olympics," said Clary. Clary says a lot of buy-and-sell websites will often feature tickets above face value.  She says if a potential ticket buyer sees tickets BELOW face value, it should be considered a red flag.  Three Kentucky schools are competing in the NC double A tournament this week.  E-K-U plays Kansas and UK takes on Kansas State Friday night.  U of L goes up against Manhattan Thursday.​