By Dan Yesenosky
WFMY News 2
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With North Carolina heading to the Final Four in Houston this weekend, plenty of Tar Heel fans will be looking to make the trip, but experts are warning of scams that crooks use to try to capitalize on these big events.
Patrick Benfield of Denver, North Carolina, probably has more UNC memorabilia than most.
“I was brought home from the hospital in a Tar Heel onesie,” Benfield said.
Which is why Sunday night’s win over Notre Dame was so exciting for him, as the Heels punched their ticket to the Final Four in Houston. You don’t have to have a full-on Carolina man cave to buy Final Four tickets, but you do need to be smart about how and where you buy them.
“Fortunately we learned a lot by the Panthers being in the Super Bowl this year because they’re similar events,” said Tom Bartholomy. “There’s really no home team and so everybody’s traveling in for it.”
Bartholomy with the Better Business Bureau listed off some of the criteria, like buying from a reputable seller, such as StubHub or Ticketmaster.
“It’s understanding that and knowing what you’re getting so you can make that comparison,” Bartholomy said. “This is a good deal or, not so much.”
“If it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true, and it doesn’t matter if they’re offering you a free trip or a free plane ride and everything,” Benfield said. “It’s just better to go with the outlets that you trust.”
With counterfeit attempts during the Panthers playoff run and last year’s Final Four run for the Duke Blue Devils, we know the fake ones are out there. Benfield isn’t making the trip to Houston this year, but says he can’t imagine what it would be like to think he had tickets, but then find out they weren’t real.
“It’d be devastating,” Benfield said. “I’m a grown man and I’d probably break out in a couple tears.”