January 02, 2018 05:45 PM
With the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs and the Super Bowl now just 32 days away, football is center stage. And with that comes the prospect of ticket scammers.
The team says 10 to 20 people might be scammed into buying fake tickets to any given game, but last weekend that number soared to roughly 100.
Tim Nelson was one of them.
"We were very excited," said the Minnesota native who now lives in Colorado. "Our daughter had never been to a game, so this was our Christmas present to her."
Nelson bought four tickets for $660 from a man on Craigslist, but after waiting outside in the freezing weather to get in Sunday, he learned his tickets were fake.
The Vikings say there is a direct correlation between the number of counterfeit tickets and the team's success.
"We've seen an increase this year as the team has had continued success," Vikings spokesperson Jeff Anderson said. "And we certainly expect a bigger increase as we head into home playoff games."
Nelson's family took pictures as he bought the tickets from the alleged scammer. They turned those pictures over to police and filed a report at the stadium.
Nelson said he was one of many doing so.
"I bet there were 50 people in line," he said. "And how many tickets did they each have? We had four tickets for $660 bucks."
Tips to Avoid Ticket Scams
On Game Day:
- Always check with the Vikings Ticket Office to see if tickets are available.
- The Vikings have two types of authorized tickets: accessible through the Vikings Mobile App or printed PDF tickets. If you are buying tickets on the street:
Buying Tickets Online:
-courtesy Minnesota Vikings and Better Business Bureau
Other than the team's ticket office, the Vikings say they only work with Ticketmaster and the NFL Ticket Exchange.
Buyers then receive either an electronic ticket via an app on their phone, or a full page paper ticket to get into the game.
Anderson says if you buy anywhere else, ask questions.
"Ask the seller to take a photo with their ID, ask them to walk you to the gate," he said. "If they're not willing to do those things, then walk away."
The Vikings say if someone is trying to sell you a hard ticket stock on the street, don't buy it because it's counterfeit.
If buying from a merchant, look for the Better Business Bureau online seal to make sure it's a legitimate vendor.
The Vikings are working closely with Minneapolis police and the BBB to combat scammers.
Updated: January 02, 2018 05:45 PM
Created: January 02, 2018 05:09 PM
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