Community Alert: The BPD Warn Fans About Counterfeit Tickets in the Secondary Market

A local father of a special needs child arrived at Gillette Stadium on Sunday November 8, 2015, to enjoy a Patriot’s game with his son only to learn that the tickets he had paid hundreds of dollars for were counterfeit.  The man had purchased the tickets through a connection made on Craigslist.  Over the weekend, family members of the victim found the same person online offering to sell tickets and contacted detectives assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) to coordinate a meeting.  On Saturday November 21, 2015, detectives met the suspect, Shamorie Washington, 21, of New York City, at South Station and agreed to purchase four tickets from him for $700.  Investigators confirmed that the tickets were fake and placed the suspect in custody without incident.  The suspect was positively identified by the victim and has since been linked to additional incidents of fraudulent sales.

The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets.  Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.  Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact Boston Police. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department is only interested in the information you provide, not who you are.