Two Tickets from Parasites (Don’t Get Scammed on Your Way to the Show)

Your favorite band is in town and you are ready to rock. Sure, tickets may be sold out at the box office — but that’s no big deal: An ad online says great seats still are available.  

Whoa, Nellie! Scammers know how badly you want to see that show. The Federal Trade Commission is getting complaints from people who, unknowingly, have bought counterfeit tickets to concerts and other events.

Here’s how to avoid a scammer’s song and dance:

  • If possible, plan. Check concert dates way in advance, so you can buy tickets directly from the venue or the event promoter, either online or at the box office.
  • If you are buying from a reseller, find one associated with the original ticket seller, the venue, or the concert promoter. You may pay more for the tickets, but buying from a legitimate reseller minimizes the likelihood of buying counterfeit tickets.
  • If your only option seems to be buying from a random social media or classified ad website, taking these precautions may help you spot counterfeit tickets, avoid losing money, and be present at an event you’re looking forward to:
    • Never wire money to buy tickets. A stranger asking you to wire money for anything probably is trying to scam you. Wiring money is like sending cash: Once you send it, it’s gone, and you can’t trace who got it.   
    • Research the seller. Check out reviews from people who have bought from this seller. Search the seller’s name and/or username with terms like “scam,” “counterfeit tickets” or “complaint.”  Go deep into the results. 
    • Use payment methods that come with buyer protections. If possible, use credit cards or trusted e-commerce sites that provide accounts you can use to make purchases instead of using banking information.
    • Examine your tickets.  Many authentic tickets have a hologram or layer of colored paper between the front and back indicating its authenticity; hold the ticket to the light and check for these features. You also may want to contact the venue or event promoter directly for tips on spotting a phony ticket.
    • Check the seating chart of the venue when you examine the tickets. Do the seats actually exist?  

If you’ve lost money to a counterfeit ticket broker, file a complaint with the FTC.

Comments

This is really a good thing.....it teaches me a lot of things I didn't know.....its really good.......keep me posted......

The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) offers the following tips for safe ticket purchases to events:

1.Check out the seller/broker. Make sure to check to see if they are a member of the NATB. NATB’s members offer a 200% GUARANTEE on tickets that don’t arrive in time for a game, concert or show.
2.Know the difference between a ticket broker (legitimate and accredited reseller) and a ticket scalper (unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller).
3.Check the ticket broker’s refund policy. Only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.
4.Always use a credit card so you have some recourse; do not use cash.
5.Always ask for section, row and seat number to avoid obstructed view seats or seats that do not exist.

Also, feel free to ask questions to make certain you get all the answers you need to feel comfortable with your ticket purchase, and of course, enjoy the event!

I think that when you use an online site be sure to get other peoples opinions on if it is a good sight or if they have never heard of it be sure to double heck other buisness or item selling sites

Well, the points are good, generic and informative and not just applicable to online-booking but for every e-transactions that we do over the internet, be it online shopping or online payments. Safest bet in such situations, in my opinion, would be to make the payments via your credit cards or some secure payment gateways - rest all other points can be fiddled and manipulated.

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