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Don't get hooked: Ticket scams

Tips to make sure your tickets get you into the sporting event or concert.

When an event is popular and tickets are scarce, scam artists spring into action.

A recent warning has the Better Business Bureau springing into action, too. The musical Newsies is coming to the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock in late February and early March. But be careful where you buy tickets. A scam alert has been issued warning that third-party websites are selling fraudulent tickets to the show.

The alert states that official tickets are only available through the Argenta Community Theater website.

"If you are buying from the venue itself, typically you are OK,” Janet Robb with the Arkansas Better Business Bureau said. “We still recommend you pay for it with a credit card. But if you are buying from an individual or a third-party seller, you really have to be careful."

Robb and the Better Business Bureau advises that ticket buyers visit www.verifiedticketsource.com.

The National Association of Ticket Brokers guarantees that sellers on the site are legitimate.

Also, know the event's refund policy and watch out for deals on social media that seem too good to be true.

Once again, buyers should pay with a credit card because of the protection and refund potential it offers.

"Because you can always dispute that charge if it turns out you have not bought it from a reputable reseller," Robb said.

Robb said that thankfully there are no widespread ticket scams targeting central Arkansas right now. This is a proactive warning.

Last year the Better Business Bureau's “Scam Tracker” feature received over 300 reports of ticket scams.

Air date: Feb. 6, 2019

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