TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — We are one day away from the Crimson Tide taking on the Texas A&M Aggies. It is arguably one of the most important games so far for both teams and with the high stakes comes high costs of tickets and potential for scams.
The best way to avoid being scammed is to buy from the box office, but that isn’t an option with a sold out game and 17,000 person waiting list for season tickets.
People who have been buying and selling tickets for years say you should try and buy from a trusted source. This year, there are stricter regulations for people selling tickets on the street. To get their license, they have to go to the revenue department before game day, go through a background check and pay a fee. This process cannot be done on game day, so people in the ticket business hope this will cut down on theft the day of the game.
Corey Gibbs, Executive Managing Director Ticket Solutions said, “They are in and out. So, they come in they hit it fast and they leave. And it’s not just counterfeit tickets, it’s counterfeit money, they run the whole gamut. They bring counterfeit money and buy counterfeit tickets and then sell those tickets for real money for less than they should and then they take their counterfeit tickets and sell it for real money. It’s a vicious cycle of fraud.”
You can watch the game on CBS 42 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.