Consumer advocates warn against scams targeting Cubs fans

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News/ STMW) - If you are looking for tickets to the Cubs vs. Cardinals playoff games when the series comes back to Chicago, make sure you don't get burned!

There are people out there ready to sell you fake tickets. 

The Better Business Bureau is warning Cubs fans against scammers who will try to take advantage of the team’s postseason run to sell fake tickets and merchandise.

“Whenever there’s excitement about a special event, like the Cubs postseason appearance, there are counterfeiters who want to take advantage of the opportunity in an illegal way,” Steve Bernas, president of the BBB in Chicago and Northern Illinois, said in a statement.

The consumer advocacy agency suggests fans:

  • Be wary of too-good-to-be-true deals;
  • Shop at reputable, legitimate ticket brokers and retailers;
  • Keep an eye out for the official hologram and license from MLB;
  • Shop online only at licensed websites;
  • Check the for business reports on individual businesses; and
  • Use a credit card when possible, so you can appeal to the credit card company if necessary.

“Cubs fans have waited many years for a postseason opportunity,” Bernas said.  “We don’t want their excitement to be spoiled by losing money with fake tickets or poor merchandise.”

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