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9/18/09

Be cautious if buying tickets day of the game

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It has happened to fans before, and it will happen again if they're not cautious. Counterfeit tickets that look legit and seem like a great deal, but without being extremely careful to avoid them, they could be too good to be true.

Online tickets for the Texas Tech/Texas game are far above face value, so there's no doubt a lot of fans are going to head to Austin, taking their chances, hoping someone outside the stadium has a better deal. But that can risky. "We do bar code all of all tickets, but you are not going to know if it a fake until you get to the actual gate and most of the counterfeits are pretty good," said Texas Tech Assistant Ticket Manager Patrick Graham. 

Counterfeit tickets, the only thing that could be a bigger spoiler for fans than a Longhorns victory. "The face value on all of them are $95, I would say the cheapest ones, I haven't seen any for under $200," said Graham. 

So how do you avoid getting scammed? Since the game is sold out and you are not going to be able to get tickets through any official sources if you want to go to the game, you are going to have to deal with scalpers. Any football fan is leery of doing so, but there is at least one thing you can do to keep scalpers honest.

"Take a picture of the person you are buying the ticket from, so if there is any problems with counterfeit ticketing, that photo can be part of the police report you can help catch them," said Graham. 

Online we found a pair of tickets anywhere from 4$00 to $2200. So they are out there for those willing to pay the right price.

SAFE BUYING TIPS:

1. Don't negotiate a deal on the street -The risks of buying tickets from street scalpers are many, counterfeit tickets can be prevalent and once cash is handed over it's gone. Plus, selection is limited and pricing is not easily compared to other sellers

2. Shop Online, But Be Smart -Make sure to buy from a company with a rock solid reputation for service.

3. Insist on a Guarantee - To be 100% sure you'll get your tickets and your money is safe; try a site like StubHub which guarantees ticket authenticity, secure transactions and on time delivery. Tickets are worthless if they arrive late.

4. Customer Service is Key - Make sure any online site has a clearly visible Customer Service number so that you can easily contact a representative directly with any issues or assistance with your purchase.

5. Beware of below market prices -Be wary of any deals that look too good to be true. They usually are.

6. Always use a credit card -Credit cards have built in securities against fraud. Cash money and wire transfers should never be used unless you know the seller personally.

Also, you don't have to be in Austin to be excited about the big game. A certain longhorn got turned on this head at Triple J Chophouse Friday. This was the annual "Turning of the Horns" to bolster Red Raider spirit in the Hub City.

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