The 2015 NHL season is finally upon us, which means that it’s time for you to buckle up and start watching hockey again. The best way to enjoy the game this year is to go to a show with some friends or family members and get some tickets for the action. But where can you find these tickets? You might be wondering if there’s any way you can get free tickets to the games this season, and there certainly is. You might just have to know where to look.
The Scam To Avoid
If you’re looking to score some free tickets to the games this season, you might want to avoid these three scams:
- Scam #1: Setting Up A Phone Scam
- Scam #2: Setting Up A “Share My Scam” Scam
- Scam #3: Setting Up A Ticket Scam
With scam #1, you’re given a pre-recorded message that sounds like it’s coming from an actual person on the phone. The message will offer you free tickets to an upcoming show if you give the caller your email address and phone number. You’ll then be asked to enter your credit card number and security code to confirm your identity. Some people might consider this a legitimate offer, but keep in mind: this is a scam. There is no way your phone provider, the show’s management, or the NHL would ever give out free tickets like this.
The second type of scam involves getting other people to go online and purchase tickets for you. With this scam, you’re essentially sharing the cost of the tickets with people you’ve never met. You’re also committing fraud because you’re not actually acquiring the tickets yourself. This is where most of the trouble arises. The person you’re sharing the cost with might ask you for your credit card and shipping information to finalize the order, but at least you’ll know you were given the tickets legitimately. Although this might be a tempting offer to avoid paying for expensive gas or parking, remember those tickets will still be valid after the season ends. You won’t be able to use them for anything else once the 2015-16 season begins.
Where Can You Get Free NHL Tickets?
The best places to find free NHL tickets this season are:
- The NBA
- NHL Alumni
- NHL Fantasy
- Canadian Football League
- American Football League
- Bar Association Members
NHL ticket brokers will often have leftover tickets from last season that they can’t use themselves. They might not want to lose money on gas traveling around to different arenas, so they’ll give away these seats to people they think will value them. If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets the tickets, you can be certain that your identity will never be confirmed or your bank account will never be stolen. Unless the NHL completely collapses and shuts down, you’re going to have a hard time losing these tickets.
Tips For The Next Scam You May Encounter
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the NHL or an NHL ticket broker, don’t give them your information. Hang up and call the number on the back of your credit card. If it’s a telephone scam, you’ll most likely get a call from the police saying that there’s been a complaint filed against you. The only way the police can track you down is through your credit card number, so be sure to notify your bank immediately if this happens.
You might be tempted to respond to a question about the status of a ticket order you’ve placed with an agent claiming to be from the NHL or an NHL ticket broker. However, this is a question they’re likely to ask to ensure you’re a real person and to keep you engaged in the conversation.
The Legitimacy Of Online Purchases
If you do decide to buy a pair of hockey tickets online—and we strongly advise you not to commit these crimes—you can put your mind at ease knowing that you’re not really committing fraud. If you do get caught, at least your bank account will not be affected. This is because online ticket purchase requires that your credit card be verified through the credit card company. This method of verification ensures that the credit card number is actual and that there’s an account associated with it. The account holder must authorize the purchase in advance and there’s always a chance that the credit card number might be canceled by the issuer. But for the most part, your personal information is safe.
The Different Forms Of Identification
If you do decide to buy a pair of hockey tickets online, the best method of verification is through PayPal. When you use your PayPal account to make a purchase, there will be a button that says “confirm payment.” Once you click the button, you’ll be prompted to enter your credit card information, but at least you’ll have a way of proving that you are in fact the owner of the account. Using a credit card for online purchases isn’t safe, since a hacker can easily obtain your credit card information simply by typing in your login information on their computer.
Where Can I Find Out More Information About The NHL?
One of the best places to learn about the NHL is from a reputable source, such as Hockey Wilderness or Ticketmaster. These websites will list all of the upcoming games and provide additional information about each team and their arena. You’ll also find a section with all of the ticket prices, so you can easily compare different offers. Keep in mind: prices do change, so be sure to check the site often.