FTC: Be careful when buying World Cup tickets

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In the summer of 2018, one of the world’s most popular sporting events will kickoff in Russia. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is expected to bring thousands of people from all over the world and buying match tickets is a highly coveted item. However, before spending your hard earned cash on a ticket, the Federal Trade Commission advises keeping these things in mind:

Official match tickets are only available through FIFA’s website. FIFA.com is the official source for tickets. New for this World Cup: in addition to a real ticket, you’ll need a FAN ID to get into stadiums. If you buy tickets and decide to transfer them to someone else or re-sell them, FIFA.com is the only official website where you can do that.

Hospitality ticket packages are only available through FIFA’s website and authorized sales agents. Before you buy a hospitality ticket package that includes match tickets and other benefits, check FIFA’s hospitality page to make sure the seller is an authorized agent. Stay away from other websites, even if they use logos and trademarks to make them look legitimate, or they say they’re a World Cup partner.

Buying World Cup tickets from other sources, like ticket resellers or ticket brokers, has risks. At the risk of repeating myself, FIFA.com is the only official source for tickets. If you buy tickets from other sources, you might not get your tickets in time for the match, you might not get them at all, or you might end up with fake or invalid tickets and not be able to get into the stadium. No one wants to see that happen, not even a life-long fan of your archrival.

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