Police warn fans of more counterfeit Bears tickets
October 29, 2006 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Bogus Bears tickets are on the rise. Chicago Police and the Bears are warning unsuspecting fans of a new crop of counterfeit tickets.
Many fans who tried to go to Sunday's game left very disappointed and out of some cash. Some counterfeit tickets were sold right outside Soldier Field.
It would be one of the hotter sports tickets in town -- if it was legit. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of counterfeit game day tickets. Just ask Mike Rodriguez who dropped close to $200 on two tickets for Sunday's Bears game only to find out they are fakes.
"I'm trying to get two good tickets. I already bought two counterfeit tickets. I bought it in the McCormick Place parking lot. It is terrible," said Mike Rodriguez, Fake Ticket Victim.
The counterfeits floating around look pretty close to the real thing -- except for little details like the spelling of the team's home stadium.
The scalper took one man for $100 Sunday afternoon. He says he got a bad feeling about his purchase moments after buying the ticket from a stranger on the street.
"I don't have a stub up on top or on the bottom," said the counterfeit victim.
At the last Bears home game, officials say they intercepted anywhere from 150 to 200 counterfeit tickets. The tickets' bar code exposes them as fraudulently at the gate.
"They will spell the name wrong of the Soldier Field or the tax and ticket price won't add up. In the past, the color was even worse. Today, the quality is improving," said Deputy Chief Ralph Chiczewski, Chicago Police Department.
The Bears refused to comment about the growing problem that appears to be brought on by the team's winning play.
Officials say the only way to make sure a ticket is the real deal is to buy it directly from Ticketmaster or the team. They say the increase in fakes is because of the Bears' so far successful season.
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