If you’re from San Antonio, you know there is no better way to experience the spirit of the city than by going to a Spurs game! With online shopping being such a huge trend today, it isn’t difficult to find great deals on Spurs tickets. But what if you purchased those tickets, showed up to the game, and were turned away for fraud? Well, that’s exactly what happened to a couple local Spurs fans.
San Antonio Police Department’s Doug Greene warned Spurs fans to be careful when buying tickets from online sellers. “Be alert that people are out there trying to take advantage of people.”
Last year, San Antonio police were looking for a man who was selling fake Spurs tickets on Craigslist. He sold tickets to two victims on separate occasions, and met them at downtown hotels for an exchange. They each paid him as much as $600 for the tickets. The women weren’t aware they were fake – until they went to the Spurs game, and box office officials confiscated the tickets at the gate. Even though the tickets looked real, the prices weren’t correct.
Luckily, one woman snapped a picture of the man, but police never learned his name. The police advise that if you are buying tickets from someone online, meet them at the box office for the exchange. This is the best way to find out if they’re real or not – the proof will be right in front of you.
If you don’t personally know the person selling the tickets, it’s not the best idea to buy from them. However, there are a couple things to look out for when you are on the hunt to find the best Spurs tickets in town:
- Tip 1: Don’t Shop for Tickets on Unofficial Ticket Sites
Don’t ever buy your tickets from Craigslist! Craigslist is great if you’re looking for furniture or other used items, but there’s no telling how authentic the tickets are at first glance. If it’s basketball tickets you’re looking for, look around on the website to see if they are NBA approved ticket sellers.
- Tip #2: Don’t Post Pictures of Your Tickets
Even if you don’t plan on buying tickets online, you should never post pictures of your tickets online. These pictures help those scammers create realistic tickets. Counterfeiters could even use your pictures to scam other fans – or worse, your ticket could be denied!
- Tip #3: Don’t Buy from Scalpers
TicketMaster did a prank at the airport, and had a ticket scalper standing outside trying to sell plane tickets. Everyone thought he was crazy and thought it was illegal! One person even asked him, “Why would I come to an airport without a ticket?” Well, that’s ironic. Why do people go to the AT&T Center without tickets? Oh, that’s right – for ticket scalpers! People will go through great lengths to find tickets – especially for sold out Spurs games. If you wouldn’t do it for a plane ticket, why would you do it for a live sporting event?
- Tip #4: Check the Price of the Seat
If the ticket is selling for less than face value, be very skeptical because it’s most likely fake. One of the easiest ways to tell if a ticket is fake is by checking on the sports official ticket website. They post each section of the arena with seat information and the price. If you notice someone is selling a ticket online, check to see if the price for that seat matches the price from the official website. The price shouldn’t differ from the official online value to the actual ticket.
- Tip #5: Be Safe
For some, price might be the best option – even if that means buying tickets from someone on Craigslist. If you do end up purchasing your tickets from a stranger, keep your safety in mind. If they want to meet at a home or somewhere you haven’t heard of, DON’T. You don’t know this person, and an affordable ticket isn’t worth your life. Tell them you will feel more comfortable meeting in a public place, and don’t take no for an offer. If it’s your money they’re after, they’ll meet you on your rules.
Don’t meet a stranger alone. Ask your friend or your parent to come with you, and snap a picture of the seller and his license plate. If you do end up getting ripped off, this will make it easier to catch the thief, and you will have proof of evidence.
Even though it can be tempting to save a few bucks and buy tickets from a stranger, consider the safety and the validation you will receive by purchasing from an official seller. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are still cautious about buying tickets online, don’t buy from individuals.
Shop online at official ticket sites or official resale marketplaces, like Zero Nose Bleeds – where your tickets will always get you in the door and close to the action.