INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — With the National Football League kicking off its season on Thursday and the college football season underway, Indiana officials are asking residents to be cautious of scammers.

Attorney General Todd Rokita reminds Hoosiers to be mindful of fake tickets and trick parking. 

“Fall is just around the corner and that means football season is back. I encourage Hoosiers to be cautious before making any snap decisions to buy tickets or pay for parking,” Attorney General Rokita said. “Don’t allow scammers to ruin your weekend or your team spirit. If you believe you’ve fallen victim to any type of scam, please contact my office to file a complaint.” 

A press release sent by Rokita said scammers can take advantage of fans by selling fake, duplicated, or nonexistent tickets.

Below are some tips on how fans can avoid getting scammed.

  • Research the seller or broker with the Better Business Bureau and check membership in the National Association of Ticket Brokers. 
  • Know the refund policy. You should only purchase tickets from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction. 
  • Use payment methods that come with protection. Always use a credit card so you may have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised. 
  • Avoid brokers or resellers that require you to pay with cryptocurrency.   
  • Get email confirmations or a receipt for all reservations and tickets. 
  • Check the seats before purchasing. Ask for section, row, and seat numbers to avoid obstructed views and purchasing tickets that do not exist. 
  • Slow down! If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Refuse to be rushed. Scam artists often try to hurry prospective buyers into deciding. 

You can file a complaint online by calling 800-382-5516.