UK fans urged to be careful when buying NCAA Tournament tickets

They're the hottest tickets in town.

But the Better Business Bureau says UK fans need to be extra careful when buying tickets to watch the Cats play in the NCAA Tournament.

"They may be tempted by the secondary market, where tickets inevitably pop up," Neil Kingery, President and CEO of the BBB of Central & Eastern Kentucky said in a press release. "The BBB warns fans to be careful if buying tickets from individuals online or from unfamiliar sources."

Officials say if fans are buying tickets from a brokerage, they should first check the company's BBB reliability report. BBB officials say buying tickets from scalpers, or through classified ads, is also risky, because tickets through those sources could be fake.

Already, we found tickets on sites like Craigslist, Ebay, or Stubhub, going for more than $1,000.

"There are plenty of legitimate people on those sites, but there are also people who will take your money as soon as look at you," Heather Clary of the Better Business Bureau said. "They may promise they have great tickets and they want you to wire them money. Beware of that because there's no way to trace that cash. You lost that money if you don't get any tickets."

Fans are urged to buy tickets through several reliable sources instead.

Those sources include the web sites of the New Orleans Arena, Ticketmaster, and the NCAA. You can also get ticket information from the UK Athletics web site.

You can find links to all four of those web sites below.


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