2014 Super Bowl Tickets put Ticket Brokers on High Alert for Fraud

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Football fans aren’t the only ones watching out for counterfeit Super Bowl tickets this year. With the high prices for Super Bowl tickets comes a problem for ticket brokers like Preferred Seating as scam artists crawl out of the woodwork to try and score those coveted Super Bowl tickets using stolen credit card information.

“So far we haven’t seen an uptick in fraud attempts from the recent data thefts.” But Cullen says, "We do our due diligence before we ship any Super Bowl tickets and fans should do the same before buying.”

Fans looking to buy Super Bowl tickets have to be sure they’re dealing with a legitimate ticket service to avoid getting scammed. But they’re not the only ones that have to do due diligence with all of the scam artists coming out for the big game at MetLife Stadium this Sunday. Ticket brokers like Preferred Seating get their share of credit card fraud orders each year and they take great care to verify each order or they could take big losses for sending tickets for the Super Bowl to anyone but the credit card holder.

With the recent data thefts from Target and other major retailers the scammers may be trying to buy Super Bowl tickets using that stolen information and reselling the tickets on the street or through online sites such as Craigslist. Ticket brokers get fraud orders for everything from concerts to theater shows and especially sports events. The bigger the game, the more fraud attempts according to Greg Cullen of PreferredSeat.com.

“We expect a large number of fraud attempts for the Super Bowl this year”, says Greg Cullen. “And most will hit us from Thursday through Super Bowl Sunday.”

In the past fraudsters have gone as far as to order tickets online just before game time and printed them within an hour of the game to sell out in front of the stadium. Super Bowl tickets are all hard stock tickets with tough to copy security features so they’ll be trying to have them shipped overnight or picked up locally to resell them to unsuspecting fans outside the stadium.

That’s why it’s important for fans to stay away from deals that are too good to be true and those that require fans to pay cash to a guy on a street corner say the ticket experts at Preferred Seating. You may have a legitimate ticket but if it’s reported stolen or purchased by fraudulent means the tickets may already have been canceled and reissued so the tickets are now worthless.

“So far we haven’t seen an uptick in fraud attempts from the recent data thefts.” But Cullen says they expect it to pick up in the coming days as the Super Bowl draws near. “We do our due diligence before we ship any Super Bowl tickets and fans should do the same.”

About Preferred Seating

Preferred Seating has been a place where fans have been able to buy premium seating for concerts, sports and theater events online since 1987. Preferred Seating is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau where they have had an A+ rating since they became members in 1997. Preferred Seating is not associated with any team, venue or the NCAA and buys and sells tickets as a ticket broker on the secondary ticket market through the website PreferredSeat.com.

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