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Protect Yourself from Ticket Scams This Summer

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As summer heats up with concerts and festivals across Illinois, Attorney General Kwame Raoul urges residents to stay vigilant against ticket scams. With the rise of online marketplaces and third-party vendors, the risk of purchasing counterfeit tickets has increased. Raoul advises consumers to always use credit cards for ticket purchases when possible, as they offer additional protection against fraudulent transactions.

Avoiding scams starts with verifying the legitimacy of ticket sellers and websites. Look for "https" and a lock symbol in the website's address bar, indicating a secure connection. Check seller credentials with organizations like the National Association of Ticket Brokers and the Better Business Bureau before making a purchase.

When buying tickets, refrain from transactions involving gift cards, peer-to-peer payment apps, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency. These methods offer little recourse if something goes wrong. Instead, opt for credit cards that provide safeguards against fraud and unauthorized charges.

Lastly, be a savvy shopper by researching ticket prices and understanding all terms and conditions associated with your purchase. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. By following these tips, Illinois residents can enjoy their summer events with peace of mind, knowing they've taken steps to protect themselves from ticket scams.

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