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BBB warning race fans to be aware of possible Derby scams

If you're thinking about heading to Louisville for the Oaks and Derby this weekend, there are still tickets available through Churchill Downs and you'll find plenty if you start searching online.

But the Better Business Bureau warns that con artists are drawn to big national events like the derby, so be on guard.

Want to see the greatest two minutes of sports in person?

Just scan the Internet and you'll see lots of ticket options are out there.

"You've really got to be cautious when you are looking online at Craigslist or any kind of online auction sites," said Reanna Smith-Hardin with the Better Business Bureau.

On Craigslist, we found tickets ranging from $100 to more than $1,000, but mixed in with the good, can also be the scams.

The cons aren't new, but according to the BBB, people will still fall victim, especially if you are looking and you live out of town.

"There are a lot of different things to look out for, of course, grammatical errors, spelling errors, just to good to be true prices is another one," Smith-Hardin said.

Experts urge a big red flag is when the seller is having you wire transfer money.

"Another way these days are the green dot money packs. They will ask you to put the money on a green dot money pack and pay for it that way instead and then you are out the money and don't have tickets either."

And one of the most common scams, paying for tickets that aren't exactly the seats you were expecting.

"So, you've really got to be cautious and use common sense and do your homework," Smith-Hardin said. "Make sure you are buying what you think you are buying."

The best way to avoid getting scammed is to deal in person.

"You know if you are going to purchase them on Craigslist. Try to figure out if they are local, so you can meet with them personally."

You can still purchase general admission tickets online or at the track.

There are also some seats still available on the first turn, in the new section 110.

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