CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill police are investigating after there were reports of more than a dozen counterfeit tickets sold near Kenan Memorial Stadium Saturday when the UNC Tar Heels played the Clemson Tigers.
A spokesperson with UNC Police said they are investigating 13 different cases of counterfeit tickets sold on the street at different locations near the stadium as the Tar Heels took on top-ranked Clemson.
Officials said Codell Daniels, 52, was arrested on Saturday in connection to one of those cases, however, police said the investigations are ongoing.
Allen York, a Clemson Tigers fan from Raleigh, decided at the last minute Saturday to go to the game and bought a ticket from someone at the parking garage where he parked.
“There was a gentleman on that floor who asked me if I would like to buy a ticket and of I course I said ‘yes’,” York said.
York bought the ticket for $60 and he said there was no reason to believe it wasn’t real.
“It felt like a regular ticket, it was thick paper, and there was a lot of printing on the back,” York said.
But when he tried to use it to get in the game, it wouldn’t work.
York said he had been sold a ticket that had the exact same bar code as one of the other fans in line, whose ticket was also counterfeit.
“It made me pretty angry, especially when you interface with the person and they appear to be honest and forthright and then it turns out not to be that way,” York said.
Mallory Wojciechowski, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina, said the best advice for consumers is to not buy tickets on the street.
“There, unfortunately, are a lot of scalpers and a lot of scammers out there,” Wojciechowski said.
Wojciechowski said many times the sellers will make copies of real tickets, and there aren’t a lot of red flags to look for on the ticket.
“If you were buying them on the street you’re not able to do your research and know who you’re buying from necessarily,” Wojciechowski said.
Wojciechowski said its best to buy from an online vendor you can trust, use a credit card instead of cash, and get information on the vendor’s refund policy.
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