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Buyer beware: scammers up their game as Cavs head into playoffs

Scammers trying to cash in on Cavs fever (Source: WOIO) Scammers trying to cash in on Cavs fever (Source: WOIO)
Scammers try to cash in on Cavs fever (Source: WOIO) Scammers try to cash in on Cavs fever (Source: WOIO)
Cavs fans are gearing up for some busy weeks ahead and many hope to get seats to the playoff games.

Business is booming at Amazing Tickets, and president Mark Klang has watched scammers up their own game.

Klang says there is one thing he always looks for on a ticket.

"You definitely want to look for a barcode on the ticket. Oftentimes especially for some major events, they'll issues holograms on the ticket," Klang said.

He says there are other red flags to look for. For example, if tickets to the event are sold out but suddenly appear available by an independent seller, he says stay away.

The Better Business Bureau says if the ticket vendor is asking for a wire transfer or a prepaid card, don't do it. They recommend you only pay by credit card in case it is a scam. There's a chance you could get your money back. 

There's another line the BBB has been hearing from scammers lately too.

"Somebody claiming they have tickets available because they're in the military and they're deploying or they have to visit someone out of town," said Sue McConnell with the BBB.

Most of all, McConnell says where you buy your ticket matters. The Better Business Bureau recommends you do some research and stay away from websites like Craigslist.

If the ticket doesn't get you in, you'll be out more than the cash. 

"It's being out the experience, looking forward to going to a sold out Cavs game and your tickets aren't there, aren't valid. It's a huge disappointment," Klang said.

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