Don’t get burned trying to buy the hottest ticket in town

A warning today for Blackhawks fans about playoff ticket scams.

The Blackhawks still don’t know who they’ll play in the Western Conference Finals or whether they’ll have home ice advantage, but tickets for that playoff series are already sold out.

Ticket brokers are seeing a busy secondary market.

“It could be like last year when we had Boston but it might even be a little bit better. Canadians love their hockey and New Yorkers do too,” said Max Waisvisz of Gold Coast Tickets.

But buyer beware on the secondary market, there are a lot of counterfeit tickets surfacing with deals that are too good to be true.

A Blackhawks spokesman says the NHL Ticket Exchange is the only secondary market where buyers are guaranteed to be buying directly from a Blackhawks ticket holder.

The Better Business Bureau recommends buyers make sure the broker is licensed in the state of Illinois and see if it is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers.

Avoid paying cash in person to a stranger, never wire funds for payments, check a seating chart provided by the venue to avoid purchasing tickets for nonexistent seats and pay with a credit card or other secure form of payment that allows customers to dispute charges if necessary.

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