Virginia Tech Police issue scam alert about fraudulent football tickets ahead of Saturday’s game

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BLACKSBURG, VA: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack on October 9, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Ahead of Saturday’s major matchup between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Virginia Tech Police Department warned community members about several fraudulent incidents involving the sale of Hokie football tickets via Facebook.

According to campus police, scammers are reportedly using unofficial Virginia Tech groups to advertise tickets, which are then paid for via electronic payment services or apps.

The department reminds the Blacksburg community to take all necessary steps to protect yourself when anyone on social media asks you for money.

In addition, police shared some common strategies to verify a seller’s online profile:

  • Try to find multiple social media accounts with photos of the same individual.
  • Be aware of the user’s listed location.
  • Take note of the number of friends or followers the user has and whether those individuals are mutual or affiliated with Virginia Tech.
  • Pay attention to the user’s account activity or lack thereof.
  • Keep an eye out for newly-activated accounts since many scammers create fake accounts quickly and delete them shortly after money is transferred.
  • When using a digital marketplace, try to track down reviews of the user’s previous transactions.

Even though the football game on Saturday, Oct. 9 is sold out, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department recommends checking StubHub, the official secondary marketplace for the Hokies, to get last-minute tickets.

For more information about Saturday’s game or where to find valid tickets, check out the Hokie Sports site.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Tech Police Department encourages community members to report all crimes and suspicious activity/persons anywhere on campus or over the phone, text, or email by calling 540-382-4343. You can also report tips anonymously online or via the Hokie Ready app. To learn more, visit the campus police website.

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