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BBB warns of potential March Madness scams as Arizona marches on

BBB warns of potential March Madness scams as Arizona marches on

CREATED Mar 25, 2013

Reporter: Justin Schecker

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Wildcats are marching on to the Sweet Sixteen after taking care of business in Salt Lake City.  

And the Cats are staying close-by as they head to Los Angeles for a match-up Thursday with the Ohio State Buckeyes. 
 
With the game in Pac-12 country at L.A.'s Staples Center, players are hoping for Wildcat fans to give them a home-court advantage. 
 
The University of Arizona foundation tells 9 On Your Side there are more than 2,000 Arizona alumni living in the L.A. area. 
 
The deadline to request tickets from the university's allotment was Sunday. Tickets are still available but they're not cheap -- starting at around $300.      
 
If you're looking to follow the Cats to the round of 16, the Better Business Bureau has warnings so you won't get ripped off. The BBB says scammers often try to take advantage of people during major sporting events like March Madness. 
 
The BBB warns you should avoid extremely discounted tickets for Thursday's game. If the deal looks too good to be true, the BBB says the tickets are most likely fake. 
 
If you're buying from someone on a website like Craigslist.com, the BBB advises you to ask where he or she is located and how you can get in touch with them after the purchase. If they withhold info, don't do business with them.          
 
Another BBB warning is to stay away from packages that pile on additional low-value merchandise to make the deal look better. 
 
The BBB also has a list of reputable secondary ticket sale websites. 
 
When booking a hotel room, the BBB says make sure to get the hotel's address and phone number so you can call to verify your room exists. 
 
The BBB says you should use your credit card when purchasing tickets or booking hotels because a credit card company can help you secure a refund if the offer ends up being a fraud.