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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Due to a substantial increase in fraudulent ticket activity during the first round of the NBA Playoffs, the Washington Wizards have issued a fraud alert prior to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Wizards fans are encouraged to make their ticket purchases directly from the team at WashingtonWizards.com or NBATickets.com, or by calling 202.661.5050. Only tickets purchased through the team are guaranteed to be valid. Fans can also purchase tickets through any Ticketmaster sales channel, and through the NBATickets.com Resale Marketplace.

The team says it cannot guarantee tickets purchased through any other third party vendor.

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