500 Scammed by Phony Tech Tickets

Fans kept out of game after buying counterfeit tickets

About 500 people missed out on the chance to witness the stunning end to the Texas-Texas Tech game because they bought counterfeit tickets.

Dave Welsh is Texas Tech assistant athletic director for ticket operations.

He says the scam was revealed when the fans tried to enter the stadium for Saturday night's game.

While the tickets looked like regular season-ticket stock, the bar codes didn't match and showed seat locations that had already been sold.

Welsh tells the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that many of the victims had purchased the tickets in areas just off campus. He says the most commonly heard amount for one of the fake tickets was $200.

Welsh says one of those scammed was a Tech football player trying to buy a ticket for a friend.

He says the counterfeiting was demoralizing because they couldn't do anything to help the people who bought the fake tickets.

Tech defeated Texas 39-33 with one second to play.

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