Several people bought tickets from private vendors on sidewalks near the Staples Center just before Wednesday's NHL game at the Staples Center. But when the buyers tried to enter the game, the tickets turned out to be fraudulent.
"Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, is a good motto to follow in such purchases," said the LAPD in a statement. "If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
The LAPD warns that in this age of color scanning and desktop publishing, it's easy for crooks to mock up fake tickets and sell them online or in-person at the venue.
The next possible LA Kings Stanley Cup Final home game could be on Monday, June 11. Police are warning the public not to be duped by scheming ticket sellers.
Further, the LAPD accepts tips on crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.