Consumer Column

Don't Let Scammers Block Your Path to Black & Gold Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS, LA – While many Saints fans are finalizing menus and plans for the NFC Championship, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging all who want to watch the game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to use extreme caution when purchasing those must-have tickets on the secondary market.

“As our beloved Saints continue down the road to Atlanta, do not let scammers block your path to our next Black and Gold Super Bowl,” said General Landry. “Consumers lose millions of dollars each year through con artists selling phony tickets or through illegal sales, so I strongly encourage Saints fans to take precaution when purchasing tickets to this week’s game.”

General Landry is offering the following tips to consumers who are hoping to buy Saints-Rams tickets:

• Be skeptical of anything that seems too good to be true. Tickets being offered for less than face value should immediately set off alarm bells.
• Stick with reputable ticket brokers and resellers, like the NFL Ticket Exchange who guarantees authenticity. Tickets being sold through alternative means, such as Craigslist or scalpers outside the stadium, are nearly impossible to verify.
• See if the seller belongs to the National Association of Ticket Brokers, whose members must guarantee every ticket sold on their websites and provide a double-money-back refund if tickets are not delivered.
• Check guarantee policies. Even if vendors are not NATB members, they still should post on their websites policies that guarantee refunds if the event is cancelled, tickets are invalid, or tickets are not received. Be wary of websites without such stated policies.
• Do not post pictures of your tickets on social media before you get scanned into the Dome. Tickets may be easily reproduced by scalpers who can steal the barcodes and create counterfeits.
• Use payment methods that come with protection. If possible, use a credit card so you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised. Debit cards, wire transfers, or cash transactions are risky; if the tickets are fraudulent, you will not be able get your money back.

To learn more about scams and fraud, visit www.AGJeffLandry.com or call General Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-351-4889.


Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.