BPD Community Alert: BPD Warns Fans About Counterfeit Patriots Tickets in the Secondary Market


At about 2:10 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, a victim walked into the District D-4 (South End) police station to report that he had been sold counterfeit tickets for a recent Patriots playoff game at Gillette Stadium (Foxboro). The victim reported that he purchased what he believed to be legitimate tickets to the game through a connection he made on Craigslist. After making the online connection, the victim met the suspect at a Back Bay location and exchanged money for the tickets. The victim learned a short time later that the tickets were counterfeit. The suspect had identified himself as a resident of New York. 

The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of counterfeits when purchasing tickets. The BPD encourages fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance and do so at the buyer’s own 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 an invalid and/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.