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Published January 14, 2014, 08:30 PM

Ticket scalpers hit Fargodome events

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -If you're planning to buy seats for a show at the Fargodome , watch out for scalpers looking to scam you.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -If you're planning to buy seats for a show at the Fargodome , watch out for scalpers looking to scam you.

Just this last weekend at Pink, about a half-dozen concert goers had to leave without even making it inside the gates. The reason: fake tickets.

Rob Sobolik, Fargodome General Manager: “Sporting events and concerts.”

Michael Ruth, ticket buyer: “I came over to buy these tickets for Lady Antebellum.

Sobolik: “Those high demand events.”

It's not a one-size fits all problem. People out to secure a seat at one of our area's biggest shows.

Ruth: “I always would go to where you actually buy the tickets.”

But a few are running into roadblocks online where scammers flock to get you to buy into their false admissions.

Sobolik: “It's very frustrating, especially for the person who shelled out maybe upwards of hundreds of dollars.”

It happens most often when concert goers avoid the box office and turn to the internet for purchases.

Ruth: “You can scalp your tickets. You go out there and you're buying a ticket, and you don't know if that ticket is real or not. You're hoping that little laser thing or that hologram is real.”

Whether you print off at home or buy at the box office, what you're really buying is this barcode. Each barcode can only be scanned once, so if someone makes a copy, it's first come first serve getting through the doors.

Ruth: “You don't know until you get to your seat.”

Sobolik:” Nobody wants to deliver the news to somebody that the ticket you bought isn't a real ticket.”

So if you don't want to be the one stuck on the wrong side of the gate

Sobolick:”There's nothing that can be done.”

The best thing to do is steer clear of second hand sellers.

There are still tickets available for all of the Fargodome's upcoming events including the Lady Antebellum concert this weekend.

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