St. Louis Cardinals fans should be wary of postseason ticket scammers, the St. Louis office of the Better Business Bureau says.
The team's imminent postseason trip increase the chances of bogus ticket sellers preying on Cardinal fans wanting to see a playoff game in person.
"Sports fans can get burned by purchasing counterfeit tickets or paying in advance for tickets that never arrive," said Michelle L. Corey, BBB president and CEO. "The Internet has become the arena of choice for sports fans looking to buy or sell tickets.
"Unfortunately, it also has become a breeding ground for scammers looking to take advantage of sports fans."
The BBB has tips for ticket buyers who weren't able to buy tickets from the Cardinals directly; these tips and other ticket-purchase warnings are found at the BBB's website, stlouis.bbb.org:
* Be careful buying tickets from someone on the street.
* Before buying from an online ticket broker, look for the BBB logo on the website and click on it to make sure it is real.
* If you buy tickets through an online auction site, choose a seller with a long history of satisfied customers. Scammers can hijack old accounts, so make sure the seller has recently sold other tickets.
* Don't buy from sellers who try to lure buyers from a legitimate site to another site for a "private" transaction. Scammers often want to conduct their business on sites with names that mimic well-known companies but actually are fakes.
* If you are buying tickets through an online classified ad site, don't pay by wire transfer. There's no way get your money back if the tickets do not arrive or are counterfeit.
The Cardinals already have sold playoff tickets to their season-ticket holders, and offered what was left in an online ticket sales program.