Chicago police warn of fake tix for Pitchfork, other fests

July 18, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Be careful where you buy your Pitchfork tickets, festgoers. They could be fakes.

The Chicago Police Department released an alert Thursday morning warning Chicagoans of counterfeit concert and sports event tickets turning up around the city--particularly for shows and games coming up this weekend.

The alert said the tickets were sold over the Internet, usually via social media sites or classified sites. In each case, the victims did not realize they had purchased fake tickets until after paying for them.

Police officials suggest Chicagoans only buy tickets from reputable ticket brokers, or from the venues themselves, and verify the identification of the seller. And if you do buy fake tickets from someone off the street, they say to dial 911 immediately and remain at the scene until police respond.

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