On Your Side: Missouri's attorney general warns of ticket scalping at Stanley Cup Final

Boston Bruins' Sean Kuraly (52) scores a goal past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) and Joel Edmundson (6) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (News Release) -- Ahead of the St. Louis Blues returning home for game three of the Stanley Cup Finals, Attorney General Schmitt is issuing a warning to everyone seeking to buy tickets for the game. Ticket scalpers and scammers are more prevalent during the playoffs, especially the final series, and Missourians should be aware of what to look out for when buying tickets.

“Ticket scalpers and scammers show up throughout the regular season, but with the increased prices and attention that comes with postseason play, there’s a heightened chance of falling prey to fraudulent activity,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “Be smart when purchasing tickets, use reputable resale sites, and avoid buying tickets on the street. If you do fall victim to a scam, we’re here to help – report all scams through our Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.”

The Attorney General’s Office offers these tips to be smart when purchasing tickets:

1. Purchase tickets from reputable re-sale sites. Use the secondary ticket market but be prepared to pay fees. Companies such as StubHub and Ticketmaster are an option, but you pay a premium for security and customer service should anything go wrong.

2. Be careful of purchasing tickets on eBay, craigslist, Amazon or social media such as Facebook. Often times the tickets turn out to be counterfeit and there may be no way of tracing the con artist, and you are out the money paid. These options are very risky.

3. Avoid purchasing from individuals that scalp tickets or are out buying and selling tickets. While there may be legitimate individuals selling, you still may run up against someone who has a counterfeit ticket.

4. Check the venue website before trying to find tickets elsewhere. Not every show or event sells out. Call the venue and see if they have any third-party vendors they sell tickets through.

The Attorney General’s Office urges anyone who has fallen victim to a scam or wants to report suspicious behavior to file a complaint online at ago.mo.gov or by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.