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Fake Tickets; Big Problems

By Scam Awareness | December 11, 2015

This holiday season, thousands of folks will be giving the gift of tickets - to sporting events, concerts, theater and holiday events - to their loved ones. As we know, scammers will take any opportunity where money is involved to try and game hardworking people out of their cash.

With big-name events come high-priced tickets, and often, fake tickets. How can you be sure that you are buying a real ticket from a reputable seller? We recommend taking the following precautions to assure your gift recipient doesn't end up stopped at the box office with a fake:

1.  If you are buying from a ticket broker, you can check their reviews on the Better Business Bureau website and see if they are a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers.

2. When making online ticket purchases, check for the lock symbol in your web browser to make sure the website is keeping your credit card information secure.

3. Using a credit card is always a better idea than cash when purchasing tickets, because you may have some recourse if the tickets do turn out to be fake.

4.  Scammers often try to lure potential buyers through emails and online ads or by creating websites with similar names to trusted companies. Do not click through to these sites, and if you do, take our previous precautions to make sure you aren't scammed.

5. Do not buy from scalpers.

If you think you have been a victim of a ticket scam, report it to your local authorities and to the FBI, here: https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams Stay Safe! 

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