Beware Fake Tickets on Sale for Obama’s Swearing in Ceremony

November 13, 2008

Washington (Chattahbox) According to the Attorney General’s office, scammers are trying to sell fake tickets to January’s presidential inauguration ceremony. Barrack Obama recorded a historic win last week over Republican rival John McCain, as he became the first African American President-elect in the United States. Ever since several ads on Craiglist and eBay have popped up offering to sell tickets to the Obama inauguration in Washington.

More than one million people and as many as 1.5 million people may come to Washington for Obama’s inauguration festivities, say officials at Destination DC, the District of Columbia’s official Convention and Tourism Corporation. According to Rebecca Powlowski, a Destination DC spokeswoman, approximately 300,000 people attended President George Bush’s inauguration ceremony. The upcoming ceremony is going to be one of the biggest festivities in the US in January.

Members of Congress are the one responsible for distributing free tickets for the swearing-in ceremony. However, this time they find it difficult to keep up with the rise in the demand of these free tickets. Ohio Senator’s office has received requests for 10,000 tickets already. Fellow Democrat Congressman, Tim Ryan of Niles are received a total of 500 requests for the tickets. Similarly, some schools and groups have even requested for nearly 30 tickets at a time from their Senators.

Scammers have lined up on popular auction websites to dupe the customers by selling inauguration ceremony tickets which are otherwise freely available. It is still unclear how many tickets each member will get or exactly when they will receive. Senators get more tickets than the representatives and a large number of those tickets will also be set aside for Obama’s own inaugural planning committee. The members are personally responsible for devising a system to distribute the tickets as they cannot be mailed and must be essentially picked up in person.


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