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MADISON, Wis. -The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is asking Packer fans to use common sense when searching for tickets, according to a release.

Word has been getting around that there are possible fake ticket scams when fans purchase tickets for Sunday’s Packers/Cowboys game.

“Demand for playoff tickets is huge, and scammers know that it is a great time to make an easy buck. Buy tickets from businesses or people you know and trust,” said Sandy Chalmers, division administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.

According to the release, fake ticket offers appear on websites like Craigslist and in other classified advertisements. Be careful of too-good-to-be-true offers and any requests to pay by wire transfer or prepay by debit card.

The DATCP offers these suggestions to avoid fake tickets:

•Try to deal with official sources for tickets, such as NFL Ticket Exchange at NFL.com or those that are members of the National Association of Ticket Brokers.

•Legitimate NFL tickets are typically printed on thick, heavy paper with bar codes, holograms and raised ink. Tickets may also include heat-sensitive logos that disappear with the touch of a thumb.

•If buying tickets from a third-party dealer, ask the seller to email or fax a copy of the actual tickets before making the payment.

•Use a credit card rather than cash, check or debit card to purchase tickets, since it may provide some protection if the tickets do not come.

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