Wizards issue fraud alert for 2014 Playoff tickets

(WJLA) - Per a statement released by Monumental Sports, the Washington Wizards have issued a fraud alert prior to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

There was a reported increase in fraudulent tickets during the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and ticket buyers are warned not to purchase seats from an unauthorized third party.{ }

On Monday, fans were eager to get their hands on what’s left of an ever-dwindling number of tickets to see the Wizards duke it out in Round Two of the playoffs. Donnita Mumford and Mike Dixon walked out of the box office with some bad news – the only seats left were behind the basket or way too far up.

Round One saw the 20,000-seat arena at full capacity, and now team officials are warning that there are risks involved when purchasing tickets from places like

It all boils down to the bar code. If the ticket taker finds the code isn’t valid, officials warn that the ticket will be impossible to identify. So when the Wizards hit the court, you could be outside and out a lot of cash.

The statement continues to provide information on how to guarantee validity of tickets:

Wizards fans are encouraged to make their ticket purchases directly from the team at or, or by calling 202.661.5050. Only tickets purchased through the team are guaranteed to be valid.