Police warn about counterfeit tickets as demand intensifies for Panthers games

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are warning people to be careful when buying tickets to see the undefeated Carolina Panthers, according to WBTV.

“Their success coupled with some of the prime time games we’re seeing — I think that generates a lot more interest in people,” said Major Johnny Jennings. “It also comes with the opportunity for people to prey on the fans with counterfeit tickets and try to make a quick dollar illegally off people.”

Major Jennings told WBTV, “We have seen more and more coming up with the success of the Panthers.  It goes with any event – whether it’s a concert, Charlotte Hornets.”

Police offer these tips:

  • Buy tickets from a reputable dealer.
  • If you buy from a stranger, ask for identification. Write down person’s name and address. And, get a description of the seller’s clothing.
  • Write down the location where you bought the ticket, take a cell phone picture of the person who sold ticket, and call the ticket office to verify the serial number.

“We recently got information of a young lady that purchased $700 worth of tickets and found out they were counterfeits when she checked them with the box office here at the stadium,” Major Jennings said. “If she would have checked before she made the purchase she would have known they were counterfeits, and not be out her money as well.”


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