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How to Avoid Ticket Scams

In this week’s episode, we’re talking about baseball - the best time to buy tickets, and how to avoid being scammed. Let’s say it’s the bottom of the ninth, the game is tied, and your favorite hitter is up to bat with a man on second. The fans are going wild, except for you. You found a “great deal” for tickets online and found out they were fake at the gate. So you’re watching the game on your phone…. From the parking lot. Don’t be that guy. Few things in life are better than baseball, which is all the more reason to buy your tickets from legitimate ticket sellers. Here are 3 things to remember throughout the season: Scalpers are unregulated, and unlicensed. Only buy tickets from legitimate ticket brokers to be sure they’re the real deal. For the cheapest tickets, consider night and weekday games. Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the cheapest, Saturdays and Mondays are typically the most expensive. Use a credit card instead of a debit card or cash - this may protect you in case something goes wrong. If you do buy fake tickets, remember, as my good friend Tom Hanks put it: there’s no crying in baseball. Instead, contact your credit card company to dispute the charge and report it to the BBB Scam Tracker at Please subscribe for the latest Torch Talk.
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