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The New York Police Department (NYPD) has busted three alleged fraudsters in a fake Giants tickets scam. A stack of about 100 counterfeit New York Giants tickets were confiscated in the bust, the New York Daily News reports.
Police learned about this scam after a man who purchased bad tickets off Craigslist contacted them. A sting then ensued.
What happened, and how can you protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud?
Buyer's Suspicions Confirmed
The purchaser, an unidentified man, told the seller he thought the tickets looked suspect, a police source told the Daily News. The seller replied, "No, they're legit," and even let the buyer take a picture of him, which the purchaser wisely did.
After confirming with MetLife Stadium that the tickets (supposedly for Sunday's Giants-Cowboys game) were indeed fake, the buyer then went to the police. Investigators determined that the bar code numbers on the tickets were all different, while the codes themselves were the same.
Police promptly set up a sting operation at a building in Manhattan and arrested the seller. His two alleged accomplices led police on a dangerous car and foot chase -- a police sergeant was even struck by a van in the process. Eventually, all three alleged scammers were arrested.
Ticket Forgery Tips
This story should serve as a cautionary tale to other sports fans when purchasing tickets from third-party suppliers. Selling fake tickets is a form of forgery, which is a crime in all states.
What should you do to avoid being a victim of purchasing forged tickets? Here are some tips:
As for the alleged Giants ticket scammers, they're now facing charges that include larceny (i.e., theft) and possession of a forged instrument, the Daily News reports. One of the men is also being charged with assault on a police officer.