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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost doesn’t want football fans to fall victim to ticket scams.

We’re all excited that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989, but Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is warning fans to keep their wits about them.

Especially if they’re planning to go out to Los Angeles for the game. (CVG just added extra flights to get Who Dey Nation to SoFi Stadium for the Feb. 13 Super Bowl LVI.)

Yost says there are plenty of ticket scammers “looking to take advantage of those who want to go watch the team win the Lombardi Trophy.”

“The cheap seats start at $6,000, so if someone is claiming to get you in the stadium for significantly less, you should challenge that call,” Yost said in a release. “Con artists are out there, and fake tickets will always exist. Although no scamming has been reported to my office, Ohioans should be on the defensive when looking at Super Bowl tickets.”

Yost released four tips for ticket-buyers to use when purchasing seats:

Be skeptical of offers that are too good to be true. Sellers on Craigslist or other online marketplaces may offer tickets at face value (or below) for events that are sold out or in high demand, but these offers may be scams. Some may offer “Hail Mary” explanations for why they need to sell tickets quickly, falsely claiming, for example, that they have a medical emergency or an overseas military assignment.Be careful dealing with individual third-party sellers. To protect yourself, deal with reputable businesses instead of third-party individuals who are not associated with an event. Beware of websites that might be impersonating the NFL logo or sponsors’ logos. Before providing any payment or personal information, research a seller’s reputation, especially that of an individual seller. Search the seller’s name, username, email address, phone number and other details for information. Even if you find no negative information, don’t assume that the seller is trustworthy. Some con artists change names regularly.Be wary of sellers who call an audible on specific forms of payment. Con artists often request payment methods that are difficult to trace or recover, such as wire transfers, cash or gift cards. If you’re using a mobile wallet or peer-to-peer payment service such as Venmo or Zelle, be sure that you understand the protections the service does (or does not) provide before making a transaction.Don’t suffer a loss on the play. Consider paying with a credit card. If a problem arises, you generally have greater protections and the ability to dispute charges on a credit card, unlike some other payment methods.

If you purchased a Super Bowl ticket and feel like you’ve been defrauded, Yost says to report the details immediately to ohioprotects.org or at 800-282-0515. You can also report scammy Craigslist ads to the Ohio AG directly from Craigslist.

The Bengals will take on the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, Feb. 13. The Rams won the Jan. 30 NFC Championship game to advance with the Bengals, who overcame the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime just hours earlier to become the AFC champs.

The Super Bowl will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Rams’ home of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. NBC will broadcast the game, and fans also can watch on Peacock, Telemundo, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Eminem will perform during halftime.

NBC’s and Peacock’s Super Bowl coverage will begin at noon, with the pre-game show launching at 1 p.m.

During the AFC Championship game on Jan. 30, the Bengals — 10-7 on the regular season — toppled the much-favored, two-time AFC champion Chiefs — who went 12-5 — in a nail-biter and last-minute win. In overtime, rookie Evan McPherson gave Cincinnati yet another game-winning field goal — a 31-yard beauty that glided right through the posts and made the entire Queen City erupt with glee.

McPherson didn’t do it alone, of course. Burrow threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns while managing to avoid all the sacks he had during the previous week.
The Los Angeles Rams went 12-5 during the season before ultimately beating the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship. Both the Bengals and the Rams were the No. 4 seeds going into the postseason, making the upcoming Super Bowl the lowest-seeded matchup in history, Yahoo Sports says.

CBS Sports says this season’s Bengals team is the most surprising Super Bowl contender of all time.

The Cincinnati Bengals have not won a Super Bowl and have gone to the big game only two times. During the Bengals’ most recent appearance in 1989, the team lost to the 49ers 16-20. Before that, the orange and black challenged the 49ers again in 1982 but lost 21-26.

The Rams have appeared in four Super Bowl games (including when the team was not located in Los Angeles) and has won one.

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