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Fake CNE passes sold outside grounds

Visitors heading to the CNE should be wary of buying their passes from unofficial vendors, police warned, after fake tickets were being sold outside the fair Monday.

Photocopies of legitimate CNE admission and Midway passes purchased online were being sold at discounted prices in the area surrounding the exhibition grounds, police said.

David Bednar, general manager of CNE, said an employee noticed someone selling the tickets and the CNE alerted police.

“The difficulty is that if you were to look at a legitimate ticket and this ticket, they would look very similar,” he said.

But each ticket has a unique barcode that is cleared after being scanned once, he said, so copies of a ticket would not work on the fair’s computer system.

Bednar said tickets purchased legitimately through the CNE’s website, at the ticket booth or through GO Transit can be traced and accounted for.

“Just buying them either from somebody on the street or on Kijiji, that sort of thing is probably not a good idea,” he said.

He did not know whether anyone was denied access because of the fraudulent passes.

Police said no arrests were made in the incident.

“The other crazy thing about this is, I don’t understand why, for the price of a ticket to the CNE, why anybody would try to pull a fast one,” Bednar said.

A general admission ticket costs $16 while children and seniors pay $12.

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