March Madness: Keep an eye out for online ticket scams

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LANSING, MI. (WLNS)- Tournament season for college basketball teams is just a few days away, but fans buying tickets online need to be wary of scams.

The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament starts this week, and March Madness is just around the corner.

That means MSU fans will be flocking online to buy tickets.

But the Michigan Attorney General’s office is warning consumers to be careful.

The Attorney General’s office says there tends to be an increase in online ticket scams around this time.

And with MSU sure to play in the NCAA March Madness tournament this month, Spartan fans should take extra precautions before putting their personal information on the web.

The Attorney General’s office says to make sure you use reputable websites, especially if tickets are sold by individuals; use credit cards for purchases, so you can dispute a charge; and look for “https” at the beginning of a website, which means it’s secure.

Officials say taking these steps can protect your money and personal information.

“With the Internet, we sometimes, it’s so easy and so convenient, we forget that there are people, unfortunately that like to take advantage,” said Megan Hawthorne, Deputy Press Secretary to the Michigan Attorney General. “So we just want people to, not necessarily not enjoy their online purchases, but just to keep that thought in the back of their mind, and know that they need to be aware.”

Officials say the best thing to do is buy your tickets directly from the college or university, and take the extra time to research the online vendors you’re using.

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