LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of basketball fans from all around the country are in town for the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
The event is a big money maker for Las Vegas, but the city isn't the only one making money as ticket scalpers are looking to scam tourists and make some quick cash.
According to UNLV Police officer Paul Velez, the high profile games paired with a good season for the Runnin' Rebels draw the scammers to the venue.
"We do have a larger contingent of scalpers that descend upon the event knowing that there are a lot of chances for them to make sales," Velez said.
Not only are scalpers selling tickets for much more than face value, there are some cases that game tickets aren't even real. UNLV Police are upping their uniform presence along with utilizing officers in plain clothes to catch scalpers making fraudulent sales.
"They can blend in with the crowd, observe sales being made, and they can actually engage the scalper and make a buy themselves," Velez said.
The strategy seems to be working as police officers have issued six citations for scalping during the tournament and fans said they have noticed a decrease.
Basketball fan Barbara Jaramillo said she's actually concerned about the lack of scalpers because the game she's hoping to see is sold out.
"In past years they have come up to us you see them all over the place," Jaramillo said. This year, we're a little worried because there isn't any."
UNLV Police officers said the best way to buy tickets is through a trusted source or the Thomas and Mack Center box office.
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