BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – As the price of tickets to the Buffalo Bills home opener on Sunday soar, police are warning to the public to beware of counterfeit ticket sellers after a Buffalo man was arrested.
Jayquan Rivera sold an undercover detectives with the Buffalo Police Narcotic Squad two bogus tickets at a downtown fast food restaurant, according to police.
The 22-year-old man was arrested Thursday night and charged with counts of larceny, possession of a forged instrument, trademark counterfeiting and scheme to defraud.
Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, said, “This suspect took $600.00 from the undercover officer, provided a receipt, and gave the officer two fake Buffalo Bills tickets for this Sunday’s game.”
Police say the tickets appeared to be real and are warning the public to be on the lookout. Officers recommend utilizing authorized vendors.
“The age old advice of ‘buyer beware’ is very relevant in this case. Buy your event tickets from recognized ticket selling agencies, or at the event site, not from strangers on street corners,” Richards recommended.
The Better Business Bureau also offered advice.
“Buying on the secondary market can be useful for non-season ticket holders or occasional fans heading to the Ralph,” said Warren Clark, President and CEO of BBB. “But proceed with caution this close to the game. There are legitimate ticket brokers out there with real tickets, but also scammers who want to take advantage of the hype. It’s important to take it slow and know the difference. If you are going to take a risk, make sure it’s at least a calculated one.”