As Super Bowl XLVIII rolls into our area, local consumer protection agencies warn that scammers are out in full force looking to make a play off the big game. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.
The players won't be the only ones looking to score big at Super Bowl XLVIII.
"There's a lot of excitement, there's a lot of good feelings exactly the type of environment scammers or those looking to defraud you. They just love this type of situation so really you need to be on guard," says Claire Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the New York Metro Better Business Bureau.
The Better Business Bureau says that means fans should know who they're buying from.
"Whether you're dealing with tickets or memorabilia, t-shirts, whatever, we want people to go to trusted resources," Rosenzweig urges.
At this stage of the game, if you're going to look for tickets the BBB recommends going to the official NFL site, the NFL Exchange by Ticketmaster, which guarantees that you'll get your ticket on time.
"If you're looking at brokers what we urge you to do is look at the National Association of Ticket Brokers, they too offer a guarantee. What we don't want you to do is to look at ticket scalpers. They're unregulated, they're unlicensed and you really take your chances," Rosenzweig says.
And that goes for all Super Bowl merchandise, going to the source is always best.
"If you buy counterfeit t-shirts or memorabilia, knock-offs, the quality is probably not going to be what you hope it's gonna be. Besides that, depending on where you're buying it, if you're purchasing off a website they might not even have the material you might just be handing over your personal information," Rosenzweig says.
Regardless of whatever Super Bowl merchandise you purchase the BBB recommends always using credit.
"You do have some leeway to dispute a charge if you don't think it's valid. If you do think that you somehow gotten a counterfeit ticket go to the NATB, The National Association of Ticket Brokers, and file a complaint there and certainly file a complaint with the BBB," Rosenzweig says.
For more information, visit newyork.bbb.org.