Buyer Beware: Fake NCAA Game Tickets

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Downtown Omaha is bustling with people taking advantage of all that March Madness has to offer. Whether it was taking in a game at the CenturyLink Center or selling tickets last minute.

Scott Robinson is in town to watch Missouri take on Norfolk State, but he also has tickets to the Kansas game and selling to the highest bidder.

“I‘d like to sell them for as much as I can possibly get from a KU fan,” says Robinson.

“So far the response has been o.k., you got to find the little pocket of people who want them."

But for desperate ticket buyers, how can you tell the difference between a real ticket and a fake one?

Chad Carr, president of Ticket Express in Omaha says the only way to tell the difference is the barcode.

“Just looking at the ticket, no body including us can tell whether that ticket is legitimate or not legitimate."

Carr says if someone scans the ticket and the numbers don't match what's in the system, it could be fake.

“If you are doing a cash transaction outside the Century Link Center that is a transaction you are doing with somebody you've never met before and will likely never see again,” says Carr.

While counterfeit tickets are a concern, Carr says the real problem are stolen tickets which are often taken from mailboxes.

Edward Lewis bought two tickets for twenty bucks downtown and says he's not worried.

“Yeah I trust the people off the street, its not like they're Super Bowl tickets at $900 each,” says Lewis.

The best way to avoid buying counterfeit tickets is to buy from the box office directly or from a verified source. You can check the National Association of Ticket Brokers or the Better Business Bureau for more information.

Also make sure to use a credit card when purchasing a ticket so there's a paper trail in case you do get a bad ticket.


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