How to avoid a World Series ticket scam

Published: Oct. 22, 2016 at 12:42 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2016 at 1:11 AM EDT
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DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - So some of you are trying to figure out if you're going to pay the hundreds of dollars it's going to take to get into a World Series game at Progressive and I want to make sure you don't get ripped off. We went out and got all the information you'll need to make a smart choice from the Akron Better Business Bureau.

First, and we know this sounds basic, but do your research.

Know what tickets are going for on the secondary market. For example, just to get in the door with standing room only tickets, most secondary websites are charging around $700 to $800. So if someone tries to sell you a SRO ticket for $200 its most likely a scam.

If you get to look at tickets, by all means make sure they have the right dates. This far into the season there are hundreds of thousands of old tickets out there that have been printed. Make sure the ones you're buying have the correct dates of the World Series on them.

Make sure you know the seating chart. Someone may charge you thousands of dollars for seats on the field that are actually nose bleed.

According to the BBB, StubHub is the safest way to buy tickets online mainly because they are the Official MLB market place. If someone sold their electronic tickets to StubHub, a new bar code will be applied once they are sold, making it impossible for someone to buy a ticket and get turned away at the gate because the bar code was already scanned on a duplicate ticket.

The BBB says the site VividSeats is also pretty trustworthy in that it has been given an A+ rating from the Chicago branch of the BBB. They also offer a Ticket guarantee.

The BB warns using CraigsList, as it is very risky. It is nothing more than an on-line classified section and offers no guarantee. Red flags would include tickets that are way too cheap, or "too good to be true" tickets.

Be wary of someone who tries to rush the sale, or someone who wants you to wire money.

And never pay with gift cards like iTunes cards.

If you are going to meet someone to buy their tickets, consider asking them to meet you in a local police department lobby. It can't be said enough -- if a deal looks too good to be true, or you get a funny feeling, walk away.

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