Better Business Bureau: Beware counterfeit NBA Finals tickets

Dallas Mavericks fans should beware of purchasing counterfeit tickets to the NBA Finals, warns the BBB.

The Sun Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., cautions that “Major sporting events often draw con artists offering counterfeit tickets or hawking non-existent seats on the street corner, law enforcement and consumer advocates say.”

The article notes that “Last year, the Better Business Bureau received 1,263 complaints nationwide about ticket sales to events.”

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BBB offers these tips for ticket buyers:

• Check out the business you’re buying from. To check out a business with BBB, start at To see if the seller is a a member of the National Ticket Brokers Association, go to

• Pay with a credit card. If you have a problem that the seller won’t resolve, you can dispute the charge with your credit card company.

• Don’t buy from individuals you don’t know, especially through online classified ads. You might not be able to verify the tickets before paying for them.

• Never pay by wiring money up front — this is a favorite way for scammers to get payment and then deliver nothing. Once your money is sent by wire, there may be no way to get it back.

• Learn more from the BBB about the “Top 5 Ripoffs When Buying Sports and Concert Tickets”. See

To file a complaint wth BBB, start at

Baumbach: District clerks’ indictments detailed by grand jury


The district clerks’ indictments which were announced yesterday at 5 p.m. The Collin County Observer is linking the indictments and the details of the charges as follows:

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Man shot dead near new Walmart in Frisco; police hunting suspect

Frisco police said they are investigating a deadly shooting close to the Walmart at Hickory Street and Preston Road. This is the second homicide in the city this year.

Police are searching for a suspect, after a 30-year-old white man was killed.

On Wednesday night, Dallas police were called in and searching for him in the air, and Plano police dogs were also hunting him down.

This is the Walmart that recently opened in Frisco after creating a controversy. Neighbors had protested the store over worries about property values falling and crime coming into their neighborhood.

Here’s what happened: Frisco police say a disturbance was called in around 8 p.m. Wednesday and gunshots were heard on Hickory Street.

Police spotted a black Mercedes that was driving around the store.

The car stopped, a guy jumped out, and he went inside the Walmart. Frisco police closed in on the Mercedes and found another man, who had been injured. This man, estimated to be about 30 years old, was taken to Centennial Medical Center. It was there that he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released his name as of early Thursday morning.

What happened to the guy who ran into the Walmart?
He found a back way out of the store, opened a door, set off an alarm and got away.

There is also a possible second man involved. He was seen running away down Hickory Street.

Know what happened or where suspect is? Call Frisco police at 972-292-6010.

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