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Fans Report Basketball Ticket Scam

By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email
By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email

March 28, 2014

The tickets are hot items right now.

As the UVA basketball team advances, fans have been rushing out to buy tickets to see the next big game.

But not everyone has gotten what they paid for. Some excited fans have ended up with fake tickets or empty-handed.

UVA police have gotten reports of people getting scammed on Craigslist.

The person responds to an ad and buys a prepaid cash card with a promise of a ticket coming via email link. They never get the tickets...and they are out the money.

Third year Sarah Patterson was shocked when she heard.

"I didn't know that was happening. That seems like a serious problem. I know i would be really nervous especially since tickets are really expensive to spend that money and then find out you're not even going to be able to go to the game. That's especially disappointing especially to make the trip all the way up there. "

UVA student Ryan Ward says he saw some of these ads, and thought they were too good to be true.

"I was suspicious because i went on Craigslist to find tickets. It seemed like people were offering a really low price for low sections that just seemed too good to be true. I just didn't go for it."

Other fans were just disappointed to hear that someone is trying to take advantage of the success of their team.

"That's upsetting that someone would do that to some 'hoos."

We spoke to UVA Police, who said that fans should make sure they buy from legitimate vendors to make sure they don't end up at home watching the game and out hundreds of dollars.


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