'There is no opportunity to buy': Don't get caught in a Packers playoff ticket scam

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Tickets to this weekend's game at Lambeau Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go on sale Wednesday for season ticket holders.

Tickets are limited and fans should beware of scams.

“There is no opportunity to buy tickets other than going with the person who has the tickets in their account,” says Mike Holzberger, owner of Connections Ticket Service in Brookfield.

The company has been in business since 1996. They, like other ticket brokers, don’t have access to this weekend’s tickets and warn anyone trying to sell you one online could be trying to scam you.

“They have to physically go with you. They have to show up with you, walk in with you, sit with you, there is no opportunity to see a ticket outside of someone who is going to be your friend for the game,” explains Holzberger.

The team says they will be selling 6,500 tickets to season ticket holders.

“These tickets are not to be resold,” says Jim Temmer, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. “They’re giving them electronically just to season ticket holders and they have to enter with everyone else they’re getting tickets with. Because they are being sent basically to that season ticket holder’s phone.”

Since the tickets are electronic, they warn to not send money ahead of time.

“That’s a risk that I don’t think you should be willing to take,” says Temmer. “You don’t know if they’re going to be there or not. They might say meet me at gate six, bring your cash, and you can come in with me. And if you are buying it, you’re doing something the Packers say you shouldn’t do.”

“Please use your gut and use your head,” says Temmer. “When the red flags go up, they go up for a reason. Anybody that tells you that they can transfer you tickets to this game is trying to rip you off. There is no opportunity to do that.”

Ticket prices will range from $215-$280. The team says invited guests will be frontline health care workers and first responders.

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