SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Thousands of race fans are looking forward to the 100th running of the Indy 500 and so are scammers.
All reserved seating for the big race is sold out, which means scammers will target fans desperate to get their hands on tickets somehow.
That’s why the Better Business Bureau has some tips to consider before you buy.
Always use a credit card to make a purchase. A credit card company will allow you to dispute the charge if something goes wrong. You should also avoid paying for a ticket via a pre-paid card or wire transfer.
“All those forms of payment are almost impossible to track, impossible to get your money back,” said Tim Maniscalo, president of the BBB of Central Indiana. ” So if they ask for that, that’s a real red flag.”
You should try to verify your tickets with IMS or at least compare the ticket you’re buying to a picture of an actual ticket.
“If it doesn’t look very professionally done and, you know, look like an exact replica of that ticket that you got online, boy that’s a real red flag.”
And lastly, don’t be tempted to buy your tickets with cash on the street. Maniscalo said that’s bound to end badly especially in a sea of race fans.
“You’re not going to be able to get that money back,” said Maniscalo. “That’s pretty much lost money at that time, because that scalpers long gone.”
If you run into something fishy, you should write down as much information as you can about the seller and report it to the police.
Remember, if you must meet the seller in person, make sure you take someone with you and try to meet somewhere public like a police station.