Officials warn of Auburn men's basketball ticket scams

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - It's been more than 20 years since Auburn men's basketball has been among the top programs in the country.

Today the Tigers are playing another big game against Texas A&M, but before trying to buy a ticket, officials want to warn fans about scams that are happening.

Stephen Naughton works with Auburn ticketing operations. He says scams happen more so with football but this year basketball fans need a warning as well.

"We've seen more in basketball season for sure. The key is being aware if something doesn't look right and asking questions," Naughton said.

Ticketing officials are encouraging fans to bring questionable tickets to their office so the barcode can be confirmed before purchase.

When you are buying tickets online, Auburn Athletics prefers certified websites like Stubhub to ensure that you'll have a spot in Auburn Arena.

Fans like John David Jacobs are being cautious when cashing out for a seat to watch the Tigers.

"It's really sad considering this is the first time Auburn has been relevant in almost 20 years," Jacobs said.

The city is protecting fans as well. A ticket scalper should have a certified license to prove they are credible, yet another way fans can check to make sure they're getting what they pay for.

Tickets are sold out for the rest of the year for Auburn's men's basketball so there will be a lot of third party selling. That is why officials believe it is important to issue this warning to fans.

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