BBB tips on KY Derby ticket scams

Staff Report

The “Run for the Roses” is right around the corner, and the race is on to get those last-minute Kentucky Derby tickets.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning those of you who want to attend the Kentucky Derby to beware of scam artists trying to fool you into buying fake Derby tickets.

The best way to avoid getting scammed is to deal with a business that you know is legitimate. You can check out businesses at

Also, just in case you don’t get what you signed up for, pay with a credit card so that you can dispute the charge.

And be careful when you are using online auction sites or sites like Craigslist. Scam artists often ask ticket seekers to send money through Western Union.

BBB has had reports of ticket-buyers losing thousands of dollars this way. After you wire the money, you never get the tickets—and your money is gone.

Here are some red flags for Craigslist scams:

Buyer is not local;

Misspellings and grammar errors in the response;

Person offering that Craigslist guarantees a transaction;

Use of Western Union for the transaction;

Seller offers use of an online escrow service.

For more tips, go to or call 1-800-388-2222.

Staff Report

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