Police warn public about fraudulent Raptors tickets ahead of NBA Finals

May 28 2019, 1:50 pm

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In just two days, all eyes will be on Toronto as the Raptors take on the Golden State Warriors for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

And considering this is the first time in franchise history that the Toronto Raptors have made it to the NBA Finals, tickets are pretty hard to come by.

Not to mention they aren’t cheap either, with one mystery fan dishing out $76,477.50 CAD ahead of Thursday’s big game.

As fans continue to scramble to find tickets, Peel Regional Police are warning the public about an online ticket scam targeting Toronto Raptors fans.

Police say they’ve received several reports from members of the public who made online arrangements to buy Raptors tickets with unknown individuals only to find themselves duped.

In some cases, police say individuals either prepaid online for nonexistent tickets or met with and paid cash to a seller and received fraudulent tickets.

“Police anticipate that in light of the Toronto Raptors’ current success, future attempts to defraud members of the public will continue,” Peel Regional Police said in a news release.

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As a proactive measure, police are asking the public to consider the following:

  • Do not prepay for anything on sites such as “Kijiji,” “Let Go,” or Ebay regardless of being shown images of the tickets or product.
  • If meeting the seller in person to pay cash, do not assume that the tickets are legitimate. Purchase your tickets or products from a reputable commercial seller.
  • If the purchase price appears too good to be true, it likely is.
  • Utilize the designated Peel Regional Police Buy and Sell Exchange Zones.

Peel police are asking anyone with information about the scams to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335 or leave an anonymous tip with Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or online.

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