Fraudulent tickets keep fans from Missouri-Georgia game

Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 4:44 p.m. CDT
This image from the MU News Bureau shows the real and fake tickets to the Missouri football game against Georgia on Saturday.

COLUMBIA — Fraudulent tickets kept some spectators from Saturday's Missouri football game against Georgia. 

There were errors in more than 400 ticket scans at the game, many of which MU director of athletic media Chad Moller attributes to fraudulent tickets. 

"I do believe a large number of that total was fraudulent tickets," he said Thursday. "This is the biggest instance of it in a couple years. We are bracing for when Alabama comes for a lot of people to try using them again."

Spectators with invalid tickets were not admitted to the game.

The fraudulent tickets, which are nearly identical to the ones produced by MU, have the same design, picture, color scheme and correct disclaimers on the back sides.

"There is not any significant difference," Christian Basi, associate director of the MU News Bureau, said. "Typically, it's the bar code. The correct ticket has a bar code that will be authenticated through the scanners. The false ticket doesn't."

Invalid tickets cannot be read by the scanners and are recorded as a missed scan. 

While the scanning errors could also be attributed to smudged or damaged bar codes, Moller said it is unlikely to be the cause of the high number of ticket errors. 

"One of the only ways to check the validity of a ticket is through the scanning process," Capt. Brian Weimer of the MU Police Department said. "That is why we are not wanting spectators to purchase tickets from other sources."

An investigation regarding the fraudulent tickets is under way, Weimer said.

Spectators are advised to purchase tickets through MU, rather than other sources.

"You have to have a true ticket to be admitted to the game," Basi said. "That is why we are really concerned. We don't want people to go out and be a victim of the scam."

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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Mike Bellman September 14, 2012 | 12:59 a.m.

According to the picture, Real tickets are $0 and Fake ones cost $75. Who's getting free tickets?

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