FORT WAYNE-With the college football season underway, the National Football League recently kicking off and Major League Baseball pennant races and playoffs filling fall calendars, the Better Business Bureau is warning sports fans to be on the lookout for fraudulent sellers when shopping for hard-to-get tickets online.

The secondary-ticket market for sporting and entertainment events, which includes tickets bought and sold by professional brokers, speculators and season-ticket holders, is a $10-billion-a-year industry, with online sales accounting for onethird of transactions and growing 15 to 20 percent a year, according to

“The Internet has become the playing field of choice for sports fans looking to unload or buy tickets. Unfortunately, the Internet is also a breeding ground for scammers looking to take advantage of game day fever,” said Michael Coil, president and CEO of the BBB of Northern Indiana. “Sports fans are often blinded by their devotion to their team and run the risk of putting their trust in a seller that doesn’t deserve it.”

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