Norman Police: Be Aware of Counterfeit Football Tickets


Thursday, November 20th 2008, 5:17 pm
By: News 9


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NORMAN, Okla. -- Norman police are warning football fans to be aware of unauthorized ticket sales due to recent counterfeit ticket sales in Texas.

An estimated 500 fans were scammed by fake football tickets when they tried to get into the Longhorn-Red Raider game in Lubbock.

Jordan Watson was caught up in that deception when he tried to attend the OU-Nebraska game last week.

"We were pretty pissed," Watson said. "We waited a long time and tried to get in the game and it didn't work out."

Watson had to watch the game elsewhere on a TV.

His father bought the tickets from a legitimate dealer who got them from another source.

Hundreds of football fans who traveled to Lubbock for the game were turned away because of that bogus ticket, which prompted Norman police to issue a warning two days before the OU-Texas Tech matchup.

"What we're trying to do is remind people that they really need to buy their tickets from reputable sources," Officer Jennifer Newell said.

Scooter Proctor with Tickets Unlimited has seen his fair share of fakes some of the tickets are so indistinguishable, inspectors need a special light to tell them apart. He understands the temptation to cut corners when buying tickets.

"There's not any normal fan who can tell the difference between a counterfeit and a regular ticket," Proctor said.

The only difference between the counterfeit and genuine tickets is slightly blurred lines and faded coloration on the fakes.

Watson's broker ended up getting him legitimate tickets for another game.

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