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Tampa Bay Lightning fans beware: Police say to watch out for ticket scams

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) battles Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) for position during the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final. Tampa police warn fans looking for tickets to Thursday night's game to watch out for scams. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) battles Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) for position during the second period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final. Tampa police warn fans looking for tickets to Thursday night's game to watch out for scams. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

TAMPA — Bolts fans beware: Tampa police are urging those in search of tickets to Thursday night's 8 p.m. playoff game to watch out for ticket scams.

Police confiscated about 25 counterfeit tickets during Friday's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. The tickets were turned into the box office, police said.

Detectives are still looking for those involved in hawking the fake tickets.

Any other victims should contact the department at (813) 231-6130 with information that could help them catch the scammers, police said.

Police remind buyers to get tickets from authorized sellers to avoid getting scammed. If you are going to buy from a private seller, police said, you should arrange to meet the seller at a police department or public place with surveillance cameras.

Officers also suggest taking a photo of the seller's ID or a photo of the tag on their car.

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final starts at 8 p.m. at the Amalie Arena. The Lightning lead the series 3-2.

Tampa Bay Lightning fans beware: Police say to watch out for ticket scams 05/24/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:57pm]
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