by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today reminded football fans in the Mountain State to be cautious when buying tickets to upcoming games from third-party resellers.

 
“Whether you’re rooting for the Thundering Herd or the Old Gold and Blue, you need to be sure that you’re not losing out to scammers on gameday,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Although there are reputable ticket resellers who offer guarantees, consumers may want to purchase tickets through the respective university’s ticket office to ensure the legitimacy of their tickets.”
 
Both West Virginia University and Marshall University have policies in place forbidding the scalping of tickets on university property.  According to the policy, those found scalping tickets will be asked to leave university property. Fans need to double check tickets to make sure they are not falling prey to fake tickets or a scam.
 
“Too-good-to-be-true tickets deals are, unfortunately, usually just that,” Morrisey said. “Do your homework before purchasing tickets so you can enjoy the game without any hassle or concerns.”
 
Ticketholders are also urged not to post photos of their tickets online. Some tech-savvy scammers can extract the barcode from your ticket photos and use them to create their own “homemade” tickets, leaving you shut out on gameday.
 
“Consumers should always beware about posting anything with unique, identifiable information on their social media accounts,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “By keeping your ticket information private, you can help ensure your gameday experience is an enjoyable one.” 
 
If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or the Eastern Panhandle field office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239. To file a report online, go to www.wvago.gov.