Watch out for scams involving Seahawks tickets, merchandise

The Better Business Bureau wants Seattle Seahawks fans to be mindful of scammers selling fake playoff tickets and counterfeit merchandise.

In a news release, the BBB noted that federal agents seized more than $20 million in fake NFL merchandise last season and that it could intensify in Washington state as the Seahawks make a playoff run.

“There is going to be a mad rush of people trying to get their hands on playoff tickets and the latest Hawk gear,” said Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, in a news release. “We want to make sure fans play it smart before handing over a lot of cash.”

The BBB offers the following tips:

•  Look for BBB’s seal when buying tickets from an online broker. Use verifiable ticket sellers and resellers that hold vendors responsible for ticket authenticity.

•  Never wire money or use a pre-paid debit card as a method of payment.

•  Steer clear of tickets printed on flimsy paper, with smeared ink and uneven margins.

•  Official Seahawks gear can be sold only by authorized retailers.

•  Be wary of online auctions and pop-up street vendors.