DC Ticket Brokers Warn Of Scams Involving Redskins Tickets

OLNEY, Md. (WUSA) --Jeff Lowenthal and his 15- year-old daughter Samantha were among the 80-thousand people at FedEx Field for Sunday's Redskins/Cowboys game, arguably the biggest Redskins game in the past ten years.

The Lowenthals, both of whom are rabid Redskins fans, had been looking forward to the game for a while and were having a great time, until two young women came up to them with about five minutes left in the second quarter and told the Lowenthals that they were sitting in their seats.

When an usher came to sort out the confusion, he explained, while leading the Lowenthals away from their seats, that the two hard copy tickets that Jeff bought on Craig's List that morning for $550 were not valid, because the original owner of the tickets had already sold the rights to the tickets online, thereby rendering the hard copy tickets invalid.

Danny Matta is the owner of Greatseats.com, a ticket brokerage in Beltsville. He says the electronic ticket revolution has clearly made things a lot more convenient for ticket buyers but, just as clearly, has led to an increase in ticket fraud.

"You need to buy from a source, a reputable source, a ticket broker, someone you know, you don't want to buy from somebody you meet at a Metro station and exchange money with," Matta said.


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