Ticket scams are most common when tickets sell out for popular concerts, plays, and sporting events. The scammers may be individuals or fake resale companies.
Stay Alert – Be on the Lookout for Ticket Scams
To steal your money, they typically use one of these strategies:
Here's what to do to avoid becoming a victim of a ticket scam:
- Creating counterfeit tickets with forged barcodes and logos of real ticket companies
- Selling duplicates of a legitimate ticket and emailing it to several buyers
- Pretending to sell tickets online to steal your credit card information
- Accepting payment for a ticket that is never sent to you
You should never wire transfer money to pay for tickets or trust a seller who wants you to pay with a prepaid money card.
- Whenever possible, use the official ticket sales agent for the venue or visit the box office directly.
- Buy tickets from authorized brokers and third-party sellers, with verified contact information.
- Avoid tickets sold on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other free online listings. Scammers are skilled at providing realistic tickets and fake receipts.
- Look for red flags in the ticket offer. If the offer has imperfect English or unusual phrases, the offer could be a scam.
- Verify that the seller has real physical addresses and phone numbers. Scammers often post a fake address, PO Box, or no address on their websites.
- Check the actual web address of the resale ticket seller. Some scammers create phony websites that look like real ticket sellers' websites.
- Search online for negative reviews about the seller. Use the seller's name, email address, and phone number, along with the words "fraud," "scams," and "fake tickets."
- Verify the details printed on the ticket. Check the date and the time and make sure the section and seat numbers exist at the venue.
- Have the seller meet you in person in a public place for the ticket exchange.
- Ask the seller for proof they bought the tickets if you're buying from an individual.
- Use a credit card to pay third-party sellers. Your credit card offers protections should you need to dispute a charge.
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