Flames playoff tickets the perfect avenue for scammers

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – They are the hottest tickets in town right now and Calgary Flames fans will do just about anything to get their hands on some red-hot deals for the playoffs.According to the ticket seller site Stub Hub, prices for game one of the playoffs on Thursday range from $90 to over $500 a seat. With that in mind, scammers will be out and about, trying to round up a killer deal.General Manager of Stub Hub, Paul Nowosad says the best advice to avoid being scammed is to never purchase tickets from the streets.“In doing so, you have no real guarantee that the tickets are valid. You have no recourse if there’s any issue with the tickets and paying cash on the streets, in general, is pretty dangerous,” said Nowosad.Another piece of advice Nowosad offers is to never post your tickets on social media.“Sometimes people take pictures of their tickets and send them out there, getting people excited (saying) they’re going to the games and what they actually are doing is sharing barcodes that can be intercepted and used against them.”The best thing you can do to avoid scammers is to buy tickets from a trusted online source. You should also make sure they come with certain guarantees in the chance you need a refund or replacement on your tickets.Nowosad says that if you see a price that’s too good to be true, it probably is.“There’s a lot of opportunity for people who are dishonest at this time of year with large concerts, playoffs and sports to sell tickets live on the street. It makes you feel like you’re getting a good deal and sometimes usually you’re getting too good a deal.”Game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the Flames is Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome. read more

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