Now that the dust has settled and this years two teams, Indy Colts and New Orleans Saints have been crowded as their division winners, we are all in anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl XLIV. Unfortunately there are those out there who will take advantage of the Super Bowl and will be scamming to steal your bucks.
Most crooks will use email as there favorite ploy to lure the unsuspecting into their web. But other scams are also being employed, even the mailing of post cards saying that you have won a free trip. On the Early Show, Monday edition they covered some of the scams.
There are already e-mails circulating about the upcoming World Cup. One promises three free tickets and $2 million. There are spelling errors throughout, and they have cut and pasted the official World Cup Logo at the end of the e-mail to emphasize supposed authenticity.
Another document to watch out for: postcards promising packages similar to the one just mentioned, on “travel certificates.” Keep in mind, these scam companies can cut and paste and logos or art they want to use. One postcard Greenberg got hold of, from a company already prosecuted for travel scams, mentions Ramada. When Greenberg contacted Ramada representatives, they told him they’d never heard of Sea Escape, and weren’t involved with it, saying, “Sea Escape has no relationship with Ramada Worldwide and is not authorized to use the Ramada Worldwide name or logo. We are further investigating this matter and appreciate you bringing this to our attention.”
Then, there are the travel “certificates” claiming you’ve won a trip to the Super Bowl and a great Super Bowl package, complete with a hotel room. Here’s the big catch there: You get the hotel (which is often a dump), but you have to book your airline tickets through the “contest office,” and these tickets are much more expensive than you can get your own. And what’s worse: It’s only when you arrive at the terrible hotel that you discover the package never included tickets to the game. So you can watch it in your hotel room!
RULES AND REGULATIONS
After the 1994 Rose Bowl, when many of Greenberg’s fellow University of Wisconsin fans arrived in Pasadena, only to learn that their air tour packages didn’t include the promised tickets to the game, the U.S. Transportation Department began cracking down on tour operators that falsely promoting sports packages that infer tickets to the game. If you’ve received a document package for a sport event that implies you have tickets, there are the laws in-place:
Event travel packages can’t advertise their package until they have enough tickets in their possession, or on contract, to provide for a substantial number of participants.
Be careful this year. Don’t fall for a scam that could end up having you watching the Super Bowl on a TV from your motel room. Make sure you have a ticket in your hand before making or accepting any advertised arrangements.