Beware fake tickets to see Pope Francis in NYC, governor warns

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers about a potential scam involving fake tickets to see Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to New York City.

Cuomo’s office on Monday said that while it hasn’t received any formal complaints, it wants people to know they should only accept tickets from legitimate sources.

The Catholic Church will distribute tickets for the pope’s public events free-of-charge. Cuomo’s office says no other organization is authorized to sell or release tickets.

Francis plans to visit the city Sept. 24-25 and expects to include prayers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an interfaith service at the Sept. 11 museum and a Mass at Madison Square Garden.

The pope is also planning to visit Washington D.C. and Philadelphia during the trip.