This year's Iron Bowl looks to be one of the biggest in years and that means tickets will be at a premium.
However if you're wanting to go to the big game, make sure you're not buying a fake. Vestavia Hills Police say they have already had one citizen defrauded when they tried to buy Iron Bowl tickets off craigslist.
Lt. Brian Gilham says the individual sent the money through a third party exchange, but the tickets never showed up.
"If something sounds too good to be true, especially in a high profile game like this, take your time, make sure you've done your research, be extremely cautious," said Gilham.
Police say if you buy online make sure you buy from an established company or one that will offer a complete refund should they accidentally sell you a fake ticket.
Here are some other tips from the Vestavia Hills Police Department, should you buy the tickets at the event:
- In the state of Alabama, it is legal to scalp tickets if you have a business license in the county you are trying to sell them in. Ask to see the seller's business license.
- Examine the ticket for any typos. A quick look for any misspellings, grammar mistakes and URL mistakes will tell you right away if you're dealing with a fake ticket. Look closely at the URL on the front of the ticket, which is the URL where you can purchase the tickets. If there are any spaces, forward or backward dashes or impossible URL characters, such as a dollar sign or pound sign, then the ticket is fake.
- Look at the font of the ticket. Most ticket companies use Arial font. If the ticket uses a different type of font, such as Times New Roman, the ticket is most likely a fake.
- Inspect the ticket for a bland and dull look. Most authentic tickets are printed with a glossy shine to them. If the ticket is surprisingly dull in color or the color just seems off, then it's better to look for another ticket.
- Read the seat number and section. If you're familiar with the arena or venue building and know the general seating makeup, then a quick glance at your seat number and section can tell you a lot about the ticket.
- Look for a bar code. Some arenas and buildings do not use bar-code scanners to scan tickets, but many do. If the ticket does include a bar code, don't automatically assume it's legitimate; professional ticket counterfeiters can and do print fake bar codes on tickets.
- A ticket's authenticity is in the bar code. If a ticket is purchased from another source the bar code may have been duplicated and the first to enter the stadium will be the valid ticket. This is also a reminder to bring the portion of your ticket that contains the bar code.
- Judge the seller's reaction. If the person selling you the ticket becomes fidgety or doesn't let you examine the ticket before buying it, then the person is probably holding onto a fake ticket. A person selling a legitimate ticket has no reason to hide the ticket from you.
(List Courtesy: Vestavia Hills Police Department)
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