Are you sure those concert tickets are legitimate?

Fake ticket scams for concerts are always occurring
Fake ticket scams for concerts are always occurring

Now that summer concert season is upon us, it’s time to head online to Ticketmaster and order some tickets to see the hottest bands that are headed to your community.

But beware, fake ticket scams are always occurring, burning some folks who just want to sing along with their favourite artists and dance the night away.

Every year, fraudsters come up with new ways to deceive trusting individuals out of their money, say the experts, and this year should be no different.

Last August, dozens of fans were duped by fake tickets for a Coldplay concert at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

In that case, some ticket buyers plunked down cash for what they hoped was a Coldplay show, but it turned out the ticket bar code was for a previous Green Day show.

One unlucky person in Montreal was even presented with a fake invoice, when she bought two $40 tickets for $100 each from a man who said he was named “Vince.”

“Eva met Vince in St. Leonard, handing him $200 cash in exchange for the two tickets,” reported mtlblog.com. “Eva told him she was a bit worried that the tickets wouldn’t work out, but Vince reassured her everything was on the level. Vince even provided an ‘invoice’ for the tickets.”

The ticket purchasers found their scammers via Kijiji. Experts suggest not using ticket resellers, unless they are truly legitimate. Sticking with the big dogs of the industry such as StubHub ensures fidelity in your purchase.

BT Montreal’s Elias Makos suggested maybe you could ask the ticket reseller to meet up at a police station or use credit cards, to at least create a digital paper trail, to help you feel better protected.  

U.S.-based Better Business Bureau offers some good tips for those who want to participate in the secondary ticket market, but are not yet comfortable: buy only from trusted vendors and use payment methods that come with protection, it advises.

“If you’re unsure, verify your tickets. Pay a visit to the arena where the event will be held. Present your ticket to ‘Will Call’ (customer service) and they can verify if your ticket is legitimate and show you how to tell if a ticket is fake.”

According to AARP, as many as five million Americans are victimized every year by these type of scams. Ticket buyers should do some basic research before paying for tickets.

“Before clicking on an online vendor’s website, copy-and-paste its address on an online search engine and see what results come up. This can help you get wind of possible computer malware being installed on your computer if you click on the link, or warnings about deceptive sales from past customers.”
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