Police Warn of Fake Summer Concert Tickets

More counterfeit tickets popping up online

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013  |  Updated 2:16 PM CDT
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That great online deal on Monday's Jay-Z concert may be too good to be true.

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Got a great online deal on that summer concert ticket? Better look twice.

Chicago police say they're seeing several cases of counterfeit tickets being sold over the internet this summer.

The fake tickets are being offered through social media and online classified sites and in most cases, the victims haven't realized the tickets are useless until after the fact.

Police say cases have included sporting events and major concerts scheduled for this weekend.

Pearl Jam tickets are especially in demand this weekend. The '90s rockers play Wrigley Field on Friday night, and tickets sold out in record time. The Pitchfork Music Festival and the Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert are also scheduled for the next few days in the city.

Police have the following tips for ticket buyers:

  • Only buy tickets from a reputable broker or from the venue itself;
  • Do not buy tickets off the street;
  • Be aware of who you are buying from, and verify identification;
  • Report suspicious activity immediately.

Anyone with information on counterfeit tickets is asked to call the CPD Financial Crimes Unit at (312) 746-9661.

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