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Saints and Pelicans urge everyone to be aware of counterfeit tickets

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NEW ORLEANS - Saints and Pelicans officials are urging everyone to be aware of counterfeit tickets.

"We've seen over 100 people that this has happened to," said Mike Stanfield, Vice President of sales for the Saints and the Pelicans.

With more online sellers to buy tickets from, Stanfield says, there are more ways to get scammed.

Sold-out games tend to draw a bigger counterfeit crowd as people unwittingly look for last-minute ways to get in the door.

"When you see mom and dad and they brought their kids and you see adults cry as well that they've spent hundreds of dollars per seat to get in, and then the ticket's no good, there's just nothing that we can do," said Stanfield.

Stanfield says don't count on being able to pick out any subtle differences between the fake ticket and a real one.

"The counterfeits look really good," he said. "Being in the business, sometimes I can't even tell until you scan it, and you really can't tell. The counterfeits are that good."

Undercover police search for scalpers, but Stanfield says with the Internet it's even easier for crooks to stay one step ahead.

"These guys are making money, they're making a lot of money and they're making it from unsuspecting people and people that worked hard for their money, and it really is a problem. It's a shame that you spend good money," Stanfield said.

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