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Oregon attorney general's office warns of bogus Olympics tickets

SALEM, Ore. - If you've found what appears to be a good deal on tickets to the Olympics in Beijing, beware.  The Oregon attorney general's office is warning about bogus websites offering fake tickets to the Olympic games.

State officials say they've received several complaints from people who said they paid thousands of dollars for tickets.  The problem is they never received the tickets they believed to have purchased.

Only one company in the United States is authorized to sell tickets to Olympic events, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee.  That company does business as CoSport and Jet Set Sports.  And tickets cannot be sold through commercial brokers.

Ticket takers in Beijing are being trained to recognize counterfeit tickets.  Authentic tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies are embedded with a microchip that contains the ticket holder's name.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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