Stealing From the Scalpers

Instead of going to the UT game, Knoxville police tell us a football fan is behind bars after he allegedly paid a woman $400 for two tickets using counterfeit bills.

Police say the woman quickly realized the money was fake and called authorities.

Police say they found the man with nearly $900 counterfeit dollars.

The fans are out and the scalpers are in full force.

"I'm trying to sell some tickets, make some extra money, they are $150 each."

This is Breen Howell's first time selling.

"It's kind of hard. I don't know much about it."

And new scalpers like Howell are typically the biggest targets for counterfeits.

"I hope that people will be honest and I won't have to worry about it."
Scalpers say selling tickets can be a dangerous business.

"You take a risk when you do this kind of thing and you just have to be careful because those type of people are out there, obviously fake tickets are out there, too."

Brad Dietz says there's more than enough fans to sell tickets to.

"If you have any concern or anything, there's plenty more people out here to buy 'em, so you just go on to the next person and they can screw somebody else over."

And scalpers are trying to get as much money as they possibly can.

"There is a lot of competition. Scalpers are obviously trying to buy 'em for a lot less and then walking down the street and selling 'em for $75 to $100 more than that," said Dietz.

Scalpers say if you don't want to get burned you've got to look closely at the money handed to you.

Tennessee does not have a scalping law but police say your safest bet is to stay away from scalpers and buy from a ticket office.

They also say the secret service has been notified about today's incident.


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