ALBANY N.Y. – Albany’s Times Union Center has been experiencing a growing problem with the sale of counterfeit tickets.
During the Paul McCartney concert, which was held at the Times Union Center in the beginning of July, 29 counterfeit tickets were sold. Times Union General Management was also made aware of the sale of 10 fake tickets being sold for the Justin Timberlake concert.
Jessica Babcock of East Greenbush was a victim of counterfeit ticket sales during Sunday’s Bruno Mar’s concert held at the Albany venue.
"He had the proof of purchase, the receipt and everything, [he] said that he couldn't come because his girlfriend and him weren't on good terms and we looked at the tickets and they looked very authentic,” said Badcock, who purchased two tickets for $250.
Babcock learned when checking the tickets at the Times Union Center that they were counterfeit.
According to Colonie Police, the man who sold Babcock her tickets has been arrested.
"I've learned to always go through Ticket Master or any authentic ticket site and it's sad because so many people on Craigslist and those similar websites sell authentic tickets they're just trying to get rid of them because they can't go and because of situations like this no one can trust them anymore," said Babcock.
Times Union Center management says anyone who wishes to purchase tickets should always do so from safe sites like Ticket Master or Live Nation, not from third parties.