Never a fun thing being scammed! Stay informed and hang on to your cash!
Five steps to spotting phony ticket sales
Though tickets for the much anticipated Guns N’ Roses Not in This Lifetime Tour concert date in Edmonton next summer just went on sale this morning, there have been reports of scammers already trying to gouge fans in ticket scams. Today BBB adds its voice to the chorus with a warning about buying concert tickets from unofficial sellers.
Tickets for Edmonton show (August 30th, 2017) officially went on sale this morning at 9:00 am (Friday, December 9th). But, earlier this week, scammers have been popping up on social media trying to sell tickets to eager fans before the tickets were officially on sale. This picture was posted on December 8th, one day before tickets were even on sale for this particular concert date.
How ticket scams work:
- Selling fake tickets under a fake identity: Scammers will sometimes provide buyers with a fake name and number, even using trustworthy, professional titles like Dr. When the buyer tries to contact the seller, they end up calling someone who has no idea their identity has been used by a scammer.
- Re-selling the same tickets: Scammers buy tickets online and opt to have the tickets emailed to them. Once the scammer receives the e-tickets, they advertise them on sites like Kijiji, eBay or Craigslist. Since there is no limit to the amount of times a scammer can sell the same pair of e-tickets, they take payment from multiple buyers for the same tickets, only to leave the buyers empty-handed.
- Selling fake tickets: Scammers purchase printing devices on the black market that can replicate the look of legitimate looking tickets and sell them to unsuspecting buyers. Only when the buyer tries to redeem the tickets at the event are they told the tickets are fake.
In most cases, scammers will ask for payment via wire money transfer. Once payment is received, communication stops and the tickets are nowhere to be found.
Staying safe: Tips to avoid ticket scams:
- Verify ticket sales. Check with official ticket retailers if tickets to the event are actually on sale. Also check with the band’s official page for concert dates so you know when you can expect to buy tickets.
- Beware of deals that seem too good to be true. They usually are!
- Never wire money to a stranger. Money transfers are hard to trace and once the money is gone, it’s gone for good. Pay with a credit card so you will have some recourse in case something goes wrong.
- Ask to meet in person. If you are purchasing tickets from someone online rather than an official ticket retailer, it can be anyone on the other side of a computer screen, so ask to meet the person in a public place.
- Use available tools and resources. When using sites like eBay, take note of the seller’s track record and reputation, and read the online reviews.
For more tips you can trust, visit bbb.org.