Cuomo: Ticket sales for Pope Francis’ visit are likely scams

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FILE - In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call July 2, on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) — To some a scam involving tickets to see the leader of the Catholic church may seem preposterous, but Governor Andrew Cuomo says the threat is all too real.

The Catholic church notified its parishes within New York State of its plans to distribute tickets to planned papal events in New York City only to parishioners, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is reminding others of that notice.

“We are proud to welcome Pope Francis to New York, and I urge those interested in attending his events to obtain tickets only through the verified Catholic parishes,” Cuomo said. “Anyone attempting to sell tickets is a scam artist and should be avoided at all costs.”

Cuomo says ticket scams like this aren’t rare and many will do just about anything to capitalize off large events. To report a scam or file a consumer complaint, contact the NY State Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection.

Pope Francis will make his first visit as the pontiff to New York City on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25.

SCHEDULE | See his full schedule here. 

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