BBB: Avoiding ticket scams and new credit score protection

KEZI 9 News sat down with the Better Business Bureau to find out how to avoid falling victim to ticket scammers. We also asked about a new way you can protect your credit score.

Posted: Sep 19, 2018 8:48 AM
Updated: Sep 19, 2018 7:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Tickets will be hard to come by for this weekend's Ducks vs. Stanford football game at Autzen Stadium.

It's this kind of event that draws in those street corner ticket sellers. Scammers take advantage of large events because they know people are willing to pay up to get in. 

"They really are. So, what we always say is try to purchase tickets with a secure method to purchase them -- for example credit cards -- something that gives a little bit of recourse," said Dawn Johnson with the Better Business Bureau. "We don't advise you to purchase with cash. We try to advise people to purchase tickets with a secure method. So, a credit card for example. Not cash. We try to avoid that at all costs."

If you're buying tickets online, Johnson also said to make sure to look for the "https" in front of the URL. 

"The other thing you want to look for is the lock symbol up there in the address bar," Johnson said. 

If it's a physical street corner where you're buying your tickets, there is a way to know if the seller is legitimate. 

"You want to make sure you're buying from a licensed broker. You can do that by checking the seller on So, just visit our website. Make sure that the company you're purchasing the tickets through is actually a broker and registered," Johnson said. 

Moving on to credit scores, they're difficult to understand for some people. But they're important to pay attention to because for lenders, it's basically your identity. 

"So often identities can be stolen," Johnson said. "There's a great new law that takes effect on Sept. 21, Friday this week, that allows you to freeze and unfreeze your credit report for free."

Something else important to remember is that with the new law, credit scores can be frozen for children younger than 16 years old. 

"Children don't use credit. So, a lot of times scammers will take advantage of this and they will steal a child's identity. And a lot of times, that isn't caught until they're of age when they're actually having to use that credit," Johnson said. 

There's also a change happening within the next year for active service members who want to monitor their credit. 

"Any active service member will actually be able to have free credit monitoring through the three credit reporting agencies. That's coming up within the next year," Johnson said

To learn more about the Better Business Bureau, click here.

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