DETROIT, MI -- Part of the charm of heading into a Tigers game lies in the unavoidable series of brief interactions with street performers, peanut salesmen and the unsanctioned but elaborate network of scalpers buying and selling tickets outside Comerica Park.
With the Tigers returning to Detroit for Game 3 in the ALCS battle against the Boston Red Sox and Justin Verlander set to take the mound Tuesday, those scalpers are sure to have a lot more fans taking them up on their offers.
Melanie Duquesnel, CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan, took to the radio waves Monday morning to warn fans to be careful when seeking or selling tickets.
"When you're looking for that ticket and you're maybe on the street corner buying it from what we fondly know as scalpers, know that they may not be giving you that real, live, your-gonna-have-a-chair-to-sit-in-when-you-get-to-the park ticket," Duquesnel told WJR's Steve Courtney. "So you need to know what the tickets look like at this point... You need to know exactly."
She also warned against Craigslist purchases that require advance payment.
"The sellers also need to beware," she said. "If you are the seller of a good set of tickets, if you're out there and you want to sell them, sell them in a place that's public. Don't put yourself at risk. If you need to get rid of those tickets because, for whatever reason, life changes your schedule... Don't take checks. Don't take credit cards."
Duquesnel was on the air also to promote Secure Your ID Day, a free Saturday event in which sensitive documents can be shredded and used electronics donated safely at the offices of the Better Business Bureau, 26777 Central Park Blvd., Suite 100 in Southfield, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.