Packers, Green Bay Police warn of ticket scams

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Green Bay Police and the Green Bay Packers are warning fans of tickets scams ahead of Sunday's season and home opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

"It really just allows us the opportunity to make sure people keep that in mind when they're buying tickets on the secondary market, said Green Bay Packers Director of Public Affairs Aaron Popkey. "There are some less than honest elements out there that want to take advantage of the demand."

If purchasing tickets from secondary sources, be cautious. The Packers have already received reports of counterfeit tickets being sold online through unauthorized resellers, police said.

"Free online marketplaces that ask buyers to arrange to pay for tickets in person are often sources of counterfeit tickets," Green Bay Police said.

Fans should only buy tickets from official sources and team partners like the NFL Ticket Exchange. Ticket Exchange is the only resale ticket marketplace authorized by the Packers.

Other ticket sources should be members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers, according to the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection.

“It is sad to see when someone who is on that extreme high and so excited to walk into Lambeau Field to see their first Packers game and realize that their ticket is fraudulent or already used," said Green Bay Police Department Captain Kevin Warych.

Ticket buyers should also check if secondary ticketing sources or classified ad sites offer guarantees or have return policies.

Ticket buyers should ask for identification from anyone selling the tickets and should keep in mind that if the ticket pricing is too good to be true, it probably is, police said.

 

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