NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- The Super Bowl is best thought of as a time to rekindle old rivalries and eat more than 1 billion chicken wings (seriously), but the big game also tends to bring scammers out of the woodwork.

All of the overzealous football fans in search of tickets and travel accommodations make good marks, but the Better Business Bureau looks to change that with some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

The Super Bowl is a popular time for scammers to take advantage of over-zealous fans.

Verify ticket-sellers and travel agencies with your local BBB.

The BBB says it got 1,957 complaints against ticket sellers last year, with most alleging that tickets were misrepresented, not delivered within the estimated timeframe or never delivered at all. All it takes is a quick check on your local

BBB Web site

to see that the seller (and, similarly, the travel agency) you're thinking of using is in good standing.

Beware shady Internet sites.

The BBB says people should not buy tickets from Web sites that "are not secure or lack a privacy policy, fail to disclose their refund, rescheduling and cancellation policies, do not provide a telephone number and fixed place of business or insist on cash payment."

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Check to see that tickets are worth the price.

According to the BBB, most Super Bowl tickets are being advertised for between $2,000 and $15,000. With prices that high, check the location of the seats on a seating chart so you're not coerced into buying obstructed view seats or, worse yet, ones that do not exist. You can find the seating chart for

Lucas Oil

Stadium, which is hosting this year's game, on its

Web site.

Ask to see tickets or a written contract for them before buying a travel package. By law, tour operators offering travel packages are required to have either on hand.

They should also be able to provide details of the package in writing, including final price, itinerary, rescheduling and cancellation penalties, delivery information and other specifics, including the name of the hotel and airline, the BBB says.

Pay with a credit card or third-party payment processor, such as PayPal.

These payment methods entitle cardholders to

additional fraud protection

and allow them to track the purchase as it goes through.

You can find more tips on how to avoid Super Bowl scams on the

BBB Web site


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