Lexington police investigating complaint of fake UK basketball tickets

January 22, 2014 

Lexington police are investigating a woman's complaint that she was sold fake tickets to Tuesday night's University of Kentucky basketball game in Rupp Arena against Texas A&M.

The woman told police she bought the tickets on the secondary market, tried to enter the game with them and was told the tickets were fraudulent. The woman identified a person Lexington police said they would like to question.

Spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Lexington police received no other complaints of fake tickets at Tuesday's game. However, she said they had seen reports of ticket fraud on social media "and have gotten a lot of calls."

"People have to call it and report it," Roberts said. "I think anytime you have a ticketed event you're going to have scamming, scalping and fraud ... that in and of itself is not unusual."

Anyone with information should call the Lexington police's financial crimes unit at (859) 258-3700.

University of Kentucky Athletics spokesman John Hayden said he was unaware if police had contacted anyone at UK involving the alleged ticket scam.

"We encourage all of our fans to buy tickets to our athletics events through the UK Ticket Office or Ticketmaster outlets," Hayden said. "Tickets bought from anywhere other than those two outlets, buyer beware."

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