BBB warns of ticket scams with UNC playing in Queen City for NCAA Tournament


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — “It’s already happened, they just don’t know it yet. They wont know it until, they show up at the arena,”said Tom Bartholomy, the President/CEO of BBB of Southern Piedmont and Western North Carolina.

Buyer beware if you’re looking to attend NCAA games in Charlotte this week.

“Scalpers are going to key in on Charlotte opening round games,” said Bartholomy. 

 With Carolina playing in the Queen City, the BBB says if you’re buying tickets on second hand sites
look out for fake tickets. 

Carolina alum and crazed fan Meredith Stuart is going to Friday’s game. She’s been burned before with fake tickets from Craigslist.

Now she only uses sites like BBB approved Stubhub to buy tickets. 

“It’s a trusted ticket,” Stuart said. “You know the person you are selling to isn’t going to come after you personally and if you get to the game and your ticket doesn’t work, you have a guarantee and you’ll get your money back.”

The BBB agrees sites like Craigslist are riskier. Instead do what Stuart did and search sites with money back guarantees such as Vivid Seats, Stubhub and Razorgator. 

“You might pay a little more for that ticket, but if i can get a guarantee I can get in that game or I can get my money back, I’m not going to take the leap of faith that’s on the other side,” said Bartholomy.

And with Friday’s game fast approaching all that’s on Stuart’s mind is cheering on her Tar Heels. 

“I’m excited. I don’t think my boyfriend is ready to see how crazy I get. He’s seen me watch them on TV and he’s got a little scared sometimes,” said Stuart.

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