Frank Irving

Super Bowl Tickets Getting Cheaper By The Day

Created on Jan. 27, 2014 10:37 AM EST

At the very least, it's going to be uncomfortably cold on the evening of Feb. 2 at Metlife Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLVIII. There's also about a 70 percent chance it will be downright miserable — temperatures dipping below 30 degrees, topped with a wintry mix.

That forecast has dropped ticket prices 27 percent over the past three days, according to Forbes.

Of course, one man's hardship is another man's bargain, and spontaneous thrill-seekers may give in to impulse by planning a last-minute getaway to the big game.

Not so fast. Super Bowl scams abound, particularly online.

Internet security firm Trend Micro offers the following advice for those planning a "bucket list" trip:

  • “With as big of a game as the Super Bowl, there are going to be tons of secondary market ticket sales,” said J.D. Sherry, Trend Micro's vice president of software and solutions, in a media release. “The Internet makes it easy for scammers to make counterfeit tickets that look completely real. To ensure their tickets are not fraudulent, fans should make purchases through secured, official venue websites.”
  • If you're considering making purchases from online classifieds, use sites that utilize ticket verification software.
  • Avoid sites such as Craigslist to ensure you do not purchase counterfeit tickets.
  • Never wire money to a stranger. Just because you’ve emailed or spoken to someone who seems nice doesn’t mean you’ll get the tickets you paid for.
  • Use a credit card for purchases. Cash is impossible to retrieve.
  • Steer clear of sites with gambling advertising.
  • Beware of airline/game ticket combination packages where you can end up with one but not the other.
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