Rokita warns Hoosiers of Indy 500 ticket scams

INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) — Attorney General (AG) Todd Rokita is warning Hoosiers about crafty con artists before heading to the biggest racing show. Scammers are prevalent and can fool even the most seasoned fans at major sporting events according to Rokita.

“As Indiana prepares to welcome tens of thousands of people to the Indianapolis 500, I encourage Hoosiers to exercise caution before purchasing tickets, paying for parking or making reservations online” , said AG Rokita. “If you believe you have been the victim of any type of scam, please contact my office to file a complaint.”

Many counterfeit passes and tickets look real and genuine, but track staff can spot a fake right away. Racing fans have made it all the way to the gate only to be turned away for bogus parking passes or tickets in the past. If the deals seem too good to be true, they usually are.

AG Rokita offers the following tips to avoid scams at this year’s race:

  • Purchase items directly from Indianapolis Motor Speedway whenever possible.
  • Consider the source. Know the difference between a professional ticket broker (a legitimate and accredited ticket seller), a ticket reseller (an unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller) and a scammer selling fraudulent tickets.
  • Know the refund policy. Only buy tickets from a ticket reseller who provides clear details of the terms of the transaction.
  • Use payment methods that come with protection. Always use a credit card so you don’t pay counterfeits.
  • Call the hotel directly before travel to verify previously made reservations.
  • Check hotel or Airbnb reviews before making reservations.
  • Look for warning signs like prices that seem a little too low or website addresses that seem strange.
  • Receive email confirmations for all reservations and tickets.

Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Indiana Attorney General’s office regarding any suspected scams or attempted scams. Complaints can be filed online by visiting indianaconsumer.com or by calling (800) 382-5516.

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