It’s the second week of college football and The Ohio State University Ticket Office said it already sees a significant increase in counterfeit tickets.
They added the tickets are usually in the print-at-home format and are purchased from non-authorized sources.
Nick Oppermnan, who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said two years ago he almost had an issue with his ticket.
“When I received the tickets in Tennessee over the internet I had to print off what was like a eight and a half by eleven sheet of paper, it had a bar-code on it,” said Opperman. “I got here to the stadium very early and was kicked out of line and was told that I needed to processed through security.”
He said it took about 45 minutes before they were able to verify his seat was ok.
“It was a major inconvenience and I was very nervous after driving almost seven hours to get here,” said Opperman.
His ticket was your typical PDF formatted ticket that you receive when you make the purchase online.
It has all of the official markings on it but it can still be a fake.
Buyers should be wary, because some sellers print off several copies of the same ticket to try and sell them all.
“The first barcode it will scan the other 99 that he printed out on his HP printer at home, they’re not getting in,” said Brian Kaufman who is the Vice President of Dream Seats.
A way for you not to fall victim to ticket fraud would be:
- -Go to a reputable place to buy your ticket, specifically Ticketmaster or from the University
- If you do buy from a person make sure you know who they are and you trust them.
- Cover the barcode when sharing pictures of tickets on social media.
Ticket fraud will continue to increase as the football season goes on.
“Once we get into the Big 10 games, the homecoming game, and of course Michigan there’s tons and tons of fraud because the higher profit margin is there,” said Kaufman.
“Another rule of thumb for buying tickets is if the price of the ticket is too good to be true it is a good possibility that the ticket is fake.