There’s a lot to consider ahead of Kentucky’s biggest event of the year. From the jewelry to the hat, many are already searching for the perfect wardrobe as the countdown to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks is well underway.
Unfortunately, ticket scammers don’t care about what you’re going to wear to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. They care about new ways to trick you out of money.
The culprits range from internet scammers overseas who may not have ever stepped foot in the Bluegrass State to locals looking to profit off revelers.
Listening to advice from Louisville experts can help you avoid trouble so you can focus on the many ways to enjoy the event. Here are a few tips from Churchill Downs officials, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau of Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky.
How to avoid Kentucky Deby ticket scams online
A wide-rim “mint julep green” hat with black netting, a week on a horse farm and $10,000 box seats are among hundreds of items for sale online, beckoning Kentucky Derby and horseracing enthusiasts to part with their cash. But do the sellers deliver what they promise?
In the past, some buyers have reported sending money but never receive tickets or other items. Here are some things to look for online that can help you spot a scammer:
- Misspellings and grammar errors are red…