How to avoid fraudulent March Madness ticket scalpers this weekend

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA-TV) – With the big games underway, there are likely those of you who’d like to see the March Madness action in person.

The games are sold out and what are left are resale tickets. This is making room for illegal ticket scalpers to scam you out of your money if you don’t know what to look out for.

“We’re sitting behind the goal and we’re 12 rows back. We can’t wait to see the Tarheels win,” said Tara Yuill.

Tara and Kent Yuill of Greer decided last minute this week that they wanted to see UNC play.

“We ordered [tickets] Wednesday [and] got them Thursday,” added Kent.

Their site of choice was Stub Hub, one of a few ticket ordering and resale sites approved by the Better Business Bureau.

“I always try to do Stub Hub or Ticket Master or something legitimate that I know is going to give me a good deal, but it also going to give me real tickets,” said Tara.

The Yuill’s have learned their lesson from ticket scalpers before.

“The scalper will buy 10 or 20 of them and start selling them off. They will say it’s this section and it’s not,” said Kent.

The sidewalks around Bon Secours Wellness Arena were filled with people looking for or selling tickets, Friday.

Vee Daniel, President of the Upstate BBB said “buyer beware.”

“There are a lot of people that are legitimate, but there are a lot of people who are fraudulent. It’s good money to be made,” Daniel explained.

She said always check out who you’re buying from. If you don’t know them, you might be setting yourself up.

“When in doubt, check them out,” said Daniel.

Also, pay close attention to the ticket price. Resale averages range between $150 to nearly $600, depending on session. Daniel said don’t buy too low or too high.

“If you’re seeing where tickets are going for a lot less, that’s a clue that maybe it’s too good to be true,” she said.

The Greenville Police have extra patrols out this weekend making sure that scammers don’t succeed. Spokesman Johnathan Bragg said they haven’t seen a problem, but they urge people to call the Greenville Police if they have a run in.

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