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TMCNet:  State warns of fake Packers tickets scam

[January 09, 2013]

State warns of fake Packers tickets scam

Jan 09, 2013 (The Wisconsin State Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- However proud you are of the Green and Gold, or that your long-lost uncle sent you his tickets, don't post photographs of those entry-to-heaven tickets on the Internet, state consumer protection authorities warned Wednesday.

Crooks are stealing and reusing information from images of tickets posted for sale online, said the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, announcing a "new round of scams targeting Packer fans." The San Francisco 49ers host the Green Bay Packers on Saturday in a divisional playoff game.

As described: When a picture of a ticket is posted online with the bar code showing, it is easy for counterfeiters to steal the ticket information for use in creating fake passes. If you are going to post a photo online to help sell your tickets (or brag about them on your social media account), always use a photo editor to blur the bar code in the image.

Also, the DATCP advises free marketers to use the an NFL-sanctioned ticket exchange -- www.nfl.com/tickets -- or a third-party exchange that will guarantee the validity of tickets, such as StubHub. Fake ticket offers often appear on Craigslist and in other classified advertisements, and there is no way of knowing if a well-designed counterfeit ticket is real until game time. If you buy a ticket that is reported lost or stolen, you will be denied entry into the stadium.

Legitimate NFL tickets are printed on thick, heavy paper with barcodes, holograms, custom laser cutouts, a special high-gloss finish and heat-sensitive graphics that disappear with the touch of a thumb, according to the DATCP.

More tips: --Ask the seller to email or fax a copy of the actual tickets before making a payment. Make sure the ticket information includes the correct date, time, location and seating details. Also, verify that the seating information is suitable for the stadium where game is played. The seller should blur or obscure the bar code in the email or fax so that it is not reused for a counterfeit ticket.

--Use a credit card, but don't give out your credit card number, online or over the phone, unless you are sure the seller is legitimate.

--It is "buyer beware" if you buy tickets from sellers on the street near the venue.

--If you are looking into a travel package, verify that the travel agent with whom you are dealing is a member of a recognized trade association such as the American Society of Travel Agents.

___ (c)2013 The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) Visit The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.) at www.wisconsinstatejournal.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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