'Several hundred' counterfeit tickets sold for Reds' opening day

The Cincinnati Reds are currently cooperating with the Cincinnati Police Department on the case of "several hundred" counterfeit tickets being sold on the secondary market outside Great American Ball Park on opening day, the Reds announced in a release. The release also notes that "at least 47" counterfeit tickets were presented for admission to the game and rejected by stadium personnel.

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“Counterfeiters have gotten so good at making their tickets look real that it’s nearly impossible for the buyer to realize the tickets are fake,” said John O’Brien, Reds senior director of ticket operations in a statement. “Luckily, the technology at the ballpark is airtight and counterfeit tickets are immediately rejected by our system.”

Well, not luckily for the hundreds of unfortunate fans who lost money to the low-lifes who sell fake tickets. So let's all try to make sure those types never prosper in the future and stick to the reliable sources of getting tickets.

“Buyer beware," said Reds director of public safety and security Kerry Rowland. "It is difficult to see our fans taken advantage of like this, which is why buying directly from our box office, reds.com, Ticketmaster, Stub Hub and Reds ticket kiosks is the best way to guarantee your ticket will be valid.”

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