BBB warns against PGA scams, offers tips for buying tickets, merchandise

- The Better Business Bureau is advising those interested in attending the PGA Championship to be careful when it comes to buying tickets and merchandise. 

PGA America announced on Sunday that tickets to the event are no longer available online or inside except through secondary markets. However, these second-hand tickets can open the door to fraudulent sales. 

The BBB has provided this list of tips and red flags to watch out for if you are trying to PGA tickets or merchandise: 

·         Do your research. Before you purchase your tickets, make sure you know what the market is like. It will be easy to overpay if you do not have a good understanding of how other similar tickets are selling.

·         Avoid Craigslist and on-site scalpers. While it’s always safer to purchase tickets directly from the venue, sometimes the only option is to use a third party. In this case, avoid buying directly from a seller that cannot be verified or held accountable. Look to the PGA Ticket Exchange, StubHub or PrimeSport to purchase tickets online, as they have a guarantee in place to protect the buyer.

·         Read the fine print. If you are making a purchase online, read the terms and conditions of the sale carefully before placing an order.

·         Use a payment method that comes with protection. Paying via credit card or PayPal offers recourse in the event that the tickets do not turn out as promised. Never pay via wire transfer or with a prepaid debit card.

·         Be wary of “pop up” merchants. While it may be tempting to buy some PGA gear at the last minute, these are more likely to be selling counterfeit, low quality merchandise.

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