AG Cautions Consumers about Super Bowl Scams

Jan 30, 2009 | Posted in Fraud Alerts

With the Pittsburgh Steelers playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Pennsylvania has become the target of scams, including sweepstakes offers, travel packages, and game-day ticket offers.

State Attorney General Tom Corbett cautions consumers to be wary of scams and not get caught up in the excitement of another Super Bowl trip for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

One of the scam letters implies that “the contest is affiliated with the NFL and VISA, informs consumers that they have won a prize of $100,000 and two tickets to the Super Bowl,” Corbett said. “The letter also includes a check for several thousand dollars that consumers are supposed to use to pay the taxes for their prize - wire transferring the money to a 'claim agent' who will verify their winnings.”

Consumers who wish to file a complaint or obtain additional information are asked to contact the Attorney General's Office by calling 1-800-441-2555 or using the online consumer complaint form.