UGA warning of counterfeit tickets

Posted Nov 7, 2007

ATHENS ­- Fans attending Saturday¹s Georgia-Auburn football game are warned about potential problems with counterfeit tickets being circulated.

At last week¹s Troy game, counterfeit tickets were printed and unsuspecting fans purchased them. These tickets were Ticketmaster replicates, but Georgia officials remind fans that Ticketmaster does not print Georgia football tickets.

Additionally, fans should not purchase any type of credential or pass for the Georgia-Auburn game. Media credentials are not for sale, and they do not guarantee the bearer a seat within Sanford Stadium or a spot on the sidelines.

³Ticket scalping is against the law, and it causes a lot of problems on game day,² said Arthur Johnson, Georgia¹s Associate AD For Internal Affairs. ³The bottom line is fans should be very, very careful. You can get burned and taken advantage of. And by the time you get back to the corner where you spent your money, they¹ll be gone.²

Added Georgia Ticket Manager Tim Cearley, ³Fans are taking a risk anytime they purchase from a secondary market source.²

Fans are reminded that in addition to not having Ticketmaster markings, legitimate tickets, credentials and passes also do not have the time listed on them as they were printed before the season began. Legitimate tickets have foil markings for authenticity.

Earlier this week, it was announced that three Atlanta men had been arrested for their involvement in what is believed to be a nationwide ticket-counterfeiting ring. When the three men were arrested, law enforcement officials found more than 190 fake tickets for the Indianapolis-New England game as well as hundreds of fake tickets for NFL and college games.

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