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Super Bowl 2014: Don't Get Scammed

Days before the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, the warnings are out: Don't get scammed.
Days before the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, the warnings are out: Don't get scammed.
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Whether you're still scrambling for tickets or looking for lodging in New Jersey or New York for the big game weekend, the warnings are coming from all directions to watch out for scams. There seem to be no shortage of ways for football fans who plan to attend the Super Bowl to be taken advantage of.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office, along with the Southern Colorado Business Bureau, warned people to watch out for cheap tickets being offered on websites such as Craigslist. The example given was that of a woman from Northern California who, in 2013, purchased what she believed was a Super Bowl ticket. However, after paying for the ticket, when the FedEx package arrived in the mail, she discovered a message that stated "LOL" in place of her ticket.

Those looking for tickets are encouraged to only go through licensed sellers/brokers, understand the broker's refund policy, use a credit card and check the seats ahead of time to avoid being sold a ticket for a seat that either doesn't exist or is in a place where you won't be able to see the field very well.

According to to an article from the New Jersey Star-Ledger, it's not just the tickets that lead people to fall prey to scams. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs said home rentals and travel are also trouble-areas. One common scam involving home rentals occurs when a thief makes arrangements to rent someone's home for Super Bowl weekend, the article stated. The thief will send a check or money order and then later demand a refund. The check or money order will turn out to be fake -- which will only be discovered after the refund is issued. A variation of the scam involves the check or money order being made out for more than the cost of the lodging and the thief requesting that the landlord return the excess amount.

Football fans hoping to attend the game should also be wary of any "contest" in which tickets or lodging have been won, particularly if they're told that they only have to pay taxes on the prize. Often the prize is non-existent, the article stated.

According to the Denver Post, the Denver Broncos have sought to help their fans avoid getting scammed by officially partnering with the sports travel agency, PrimeSport. Going into this week, PrimeSport's average priced game ticket without travel or lodging was $3,500, the Post reported. The cheapest was $2,200.

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