Be Careful Of United Center Parking Scams

United Center during a Blackhawks playoff game. (Getty Images)

United Center during a Blackhawks playoff game. (Getty Images)

(CBS) If you’re planning to attend any playoff games soon at the United Center for the Blackhawks or Bulls (if they make it back home for Game 5), be careful of where you park your vehicle and who you give your money to.

Park-and-pay scammers twice ripped off dozens of customers earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed reported, by directing fans to park in illegal lots and then having those vehicles towed during the game.

The United Center has official parking lots, but independent owners are also allowed to have customers park in their lots — which is how scammers enter the picture.

More from Sneed:

Although those independent lots are legal, scammers have found a way to “jump into traffic and wave unsuspecting fans into illegal parking areas next to or near the legal independent lots, pocket the cash and disappear before the game ends,” added the United Center source.