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Don't be duped

Sports Reporter
It's an ICC World T20 ticket for India-Pakistan match which is in high demand. Unfortunately it's a fake one which has a striking dissimilarity with the original one denoted in the red mark. Photo: Courtesy
It's an ICC World T20 ticket for India-Pakistan match which is in high demand. Unfortunately it's a fake one which has a striking dissimilarity with the original one denoted in the red mark. Photo: Courtesy

If this ICC World Twenty20 has taught us anything so far it has to be that there is an entrepreneur in all of us and that you don't need a degree to learn the organism of this micro enterprise.
There are cases of one person using 20 different credit cards to buy tickets online then selling them for a price marked up to 7000 per cent. As absurd, unfair and cruel as it may seem to some, people are eager to buy a 50 taka worth east gallery ticket for as high as 3,500 taka and such cases can be found on sites such as bikroy.com and facebook groups like Desperately Seeking - Dhaka.
Demand for tickets to see the ICC World Twenty20 is higher than Willy Wonka's golden pass. These high demands have driven some people to take advantage of the situation and con cricket fans.
News emerged yesterday that a group or groups has printed and sold fake tickets at a higher price as a case showed where a person bought 10 tickets for 22,000 taka in Shantinagar only to realise later they were fakes. He was lucky enough to get his money back after pulling some strings and found out there were multiple groups involved in the forgery.
To verify the authenticity of the tickets, one can check the following for instance:
Check what it says below "entry from" on the ticket and then crosscheck it with someone who has tickets for the same stand bought from an official source. The fake one may read "Entry from Mirpur Road". Original tickets for Jewel Stand should say, "Stadium Road".
Check the little grey strip on the backside. If it is too glossy like a hologram then it can't be real as original tickets have a dull grey strip which reads "void", also on the original you have to struggle to read this word as it is faded unlike in the picture where the words are etched clearly.


If the font for the gate number is different from the font for the match day number on the ticket, then chances are it is a fake.
If you are still looking to buy from scalpers, take a close look at the quality of the material the ticket is printed on. If it feels like a heavy card, chances are it isn't real. The official tickets are thinner and it feels smoother on the surface.
Just to be absolutely sure, find a ticket that was bought online or collected from an authorised source and compare every inch.

Published: 12:01 am Sunday, March 16, 2014

Last modified: 4:33 am Sunday, March 16, 2014

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