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Counterfeit ticket alert for Kenny Chesney's Tampa concert

Warning after fakes found in other cities
Posted at 5:05 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 18:56:08-04

TAMPA — Randy Edgington may have waited until the last minute, but he still snagged good seats for Saturday’s Kenny Chesney concert.

“Thought we’d come down and take a chance and see what they had. So looks like we are going to be going to the show tomorrow night.”

Any time a big event like this comes to Tampa Bay, Tampa Police say counterfeit tickets are a problem.

TPD put out a warning Friday after they found out other cities on this tour had issues with fakes.

They say the best way to avoid trouble is to buy tickets straight from the source; that means dealing with Ticketmaster or the stadium box office.

Buying off Craigslist or social media can be risky.

“We try to stay away from that. Simply because you never know what you are getting," said Edgington.

If you are buying resale tickets, StubHub says they have a 100% guarantee. If your tickets are no good, you’ll get a refund.

Police say if buy from someone you don’t know, take some precautions. 

Do the deal somewhere public with surveillance cameras, even a police station, and take a picture of the seller’s license plate.

“I’ve seen tickets for sale on Craigslist, but I don’t like to carry any cash then try and get it from somebody and get robbed. I’ve heard some bad stories. That’s why I come here," said Louie Sullivan, who picked up his tickets from the box office.

“If you are going to spend that kind of money, I’d rather go to the source and buy the tickets. That way I know I’m not going to have any hassles when I get into the event," said Edgington.

Police say the Lightning playoffs are also a target for counterfeiters who are getting more and more sophisticated.