Spot fake sporting event tickets to avoid being sacked at the gate

Most schools use authenticator spots or other means to mark tickets as genuine. (Source: WAFF file)
Most schools use authenticator spots or other means to mark tickets as genuine. (Source: WAFF file)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Buying sports tickets online can be useful if you are a non season ticket holder or if you decided at the last minute you want to attend a game.

But how can you make sure the tickets you purchase online are the real deal?

With today's technology, scammers have the ability to produce fake tickets that look very real. Now colleges and universities are stepping up their efforts to make it harder for counterfeiters to copy their tickets.

So before you go online and purchase tickets for your favorite team, you need to do your homework.

"Go to the school's website to find out what features they had added for security, and make sure you are seeing those in the tickets," advised Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau.

A scam artist can easily copy a picture from online and present it as the ticket he or she is selling ,when it is actually a counterfeit ticket.

Make sure you purchase online tickets from a reputable site that will refund your money is the ticket turns out to be phony.

"If you are dealing with an individual and you are doing it online, especially if they want you to put the money on a [GreenDot] money card, a cashier's check or wiring it... something where there won't be a paper trail ... that's a huge red flag," Mason said.

It varies from school to school, but typically if you go to the institution's page, there will be information about what to look for to identify a valid ticket and how to spot a counterfeit one.

If you have a question about the validity of a ticket, contact the school or institution. They will assist you in validating it's authenticity.

Remember, if the deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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