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Police warn ticket buyers to be wary

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Kayla Bunge
January 17, 2008

Police are warning Green Bay Packers fans to be wary of buying counterfeit tickets to Saturdayís NFC championship game against the New York Giants.


ďThereís gonna be a lot of scams now,Ē said Glen Loyd, spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.


Counterfeit ticket sales have been a problem all season at Lambeau Field.


Two Illinois men were arrested on suspicion of selling phony tickets at Saturdayís game against the Seattle Seahawks.


Fake tickets also were sold at the Nov. 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings, the Nov. 18 game against the Carolina Panthers and the Dec. 30 game against the Detroit Lions.


Authorities expect counterfeiters will be in Green Bay this weekend, targeting out-of-town fans. As such, Packers fans should exercise caution when purchasing tickets to Sundayís big game.


The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection offers the following tips:


-- Donít deal with sellers who donít reveal their exact address and telephone numbers.


-- Donít deal with sellers who donít have a permanent business location.


-- Donít send cashierís checks or money orders for tickets to sellers you donít know.


-- Avoid buying tickets outside the stadium, where stolen and counterfeit tickets are most often sold. If you buy tickets outside the stadium, buy only from licensed vendors; write down their name and license number.


-- Know the seller actually has tickets before paying any money or giving a credit card number. Have the seller fax a copy of the tickets, if possible.


-- Whenever possible, pay by credit card to protect your rights in a dispute. Donít give a credit card number over the phone unless you know with whom youíre dealing.


-- If youíre buying from a ticket broker, make sure he or she is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. Only deal with brokers who are bonded.


For more information, call the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection toll-free hotline at 1-800-422-7128.



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