Super Bowl Frenzy: Ticket Scam Strikes Waukesha County
By Jay Olstad
Next game: February 6th at Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh
MILWAUKEE - It's the latest example of a Super Bowl sized swindle.
A Waukesha woman thought she found a deal online for the Packers-Bears NFC Championship game.
According to the Town of Brookfield Police report, she found four tickets for $500 on Craigslist. All she had to do was send a money order to London, England.
She sent the money, but the supposed seller never sent the tickets.
Lamoreaux says if you search for a super deal for the Super Bowl, there are two things you need to know.
"Number one, always use a credit card. There are consumer protection laws in place for people who use a credit card," he said.
Number two: buy tickets in the State of Wisconsin, because then you have the power of the State Attorney General's office behind you.
Lamoreaux says this time of year is a scammers dream in a market that is described as the wild west.
"It's unregulated. The ticket market is a free market system, it's a buying and selling free market prices," he said.
Which means, the bigger the game, the greater the risk.
"It's a bigger ticket, so that's a bigger catch for them."
The bottom line: if it's too good to be true, it probably is.