How to avoid buying fake tickets

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Spurs tickets are on sale for the playoffs, and with that we have a bit of a warning for you. Nearly five million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes.

Basketball and football games, concert tickets and popular theme parks. All considered hot tickets, but "where" you buy them can make the difference between legitimate tickets or fraudulent ones.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (WOAI) - Spurs tickets are on sale for the playoffs, and with that we have a bit of a warning for you. Nearly five million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes.

Basketball and football games, concert tickets and popular theme parks. All considered hot tickets, but "where" you buy them can make the difference between legitimate tickets or fraudulent ones.

"The scheme developed when suspects utilized modern resources like Craigslist and other classifieds to post advertisements for tickets online," said U.S. Postal Inspector Keegan Martin.

Once a buyer purchases those tickets, "The suspect would actually provide them with a confirmation number and a tracking number so they could follow their tickets," said Martin.

Those numbers were useless and the tickets were fakes.

Mounting complaints led postal inspectors to the Dallas home of the main suspects in this case, James Williams and Anthony Johnson.

Inspectors say Williams was trying to destroy evidence, even trying to flush their records down a toilet.

Here is the inspector's advice on how to avoid this scam.

- Use well-known sites like Stubhub or Ticketmaster. Prices may be a little higher than Craigslist or Ebay but the tickets are authentic and guaranteed.

- Before clicking "buy" on a vendor's website, type the site into a search engine, look for complaints from past customers who were ripped off.

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