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BBB of Maryland Warning Horse Racing Fans About Preakness Ticket Scams

Updated: Thursday, May 8 2014, 03:57 PM EDT

The BBB of Greater Maryland is warning horse racing fans about bogus Preakness tickets. According to the BBB serving Louisville, KY, it received dozens of complaints from fans across the country who lost anywhere from several hundred dollars to $10,000 for Kentucky Derby tickets and race packages.

BBB officials in KY are now working with the FBI on an investigation involving an online ticket seller after BBB began receiving complaints about derbydeals.com. The investigation has so far uncovered losses in excess of $100,000, BBB said.

BBB warns those considering third-party ticket vendors to check their Business Review at bbb.org for general business background information, past complainants and BBB Accreditation. In the last 12 months, the BBB system handled 2,137 complaints against ticket brokers and event ticket sellers.

BBB offers red flags for possible Craigslist scams:

-The seller is not local.
-Misspellings and grammar errors in the seller's response.
-The seller claims Craigslist will guarantee the transaction.
-Payment is to be made by Western Union or a reloadable money card
-Use of an online escrow service is offered.

BBB also recommends making payment by credit card, to be able to contest the charge if something goes wrong.

BBB of Maryland Warning Horse Racing Fans About Preakness Ticket Scams


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