Tampa Police Continue to Urge Hockey Fans to be Cautious of Ticket Scams

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May 24, 2016—The Tampa Police Department is urging hockey fans planning to attend the Lightning games in Tampa to beware of scammers armed with fake tickets for the playoff game. Police officers confiscated approximately 25 counterfeit tickets that were turned into the box office during the May 20 game versus the Penguins.  Detectives are still working to identify the suspect(s) who sold the bogus tickets.  They are asking any additional victims to come forward with information that could help lead to the scammers.

Police are encouraging Lightning fans to purchase tickets from authorized dealers only.  Those who are buying tickets from private sellers are taking a risk.

Before fans “Bolt” to exchange cash for tickets with a private seller they should arrange to meet at a police department or public place where there are surveillance cameras.  If possible, take a photo of the ticket seller's ID, or take a photo of the tag on their car.

Janelle McGregor