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Music Festival Scams

By Scam Awareness | March 25, 2019

Music festivals are becoming increasingly popular, and there's no better time to go than during spring break. Roughly 32 million people attend a music festival during the year, and if you're one of them, here are some tips to avoid common scams.

Research the Festival ­- Scammers will often use names that are similar to existing music festivals. Make sure that the festival you're planning to attend matches the website. Additionally, check other sources for more information. If the artist lineup has been announced, take a look at the official websites for the artists and see if they correspond. Be extra careful when it comes to first-time music festivals and research the people behind it. Would-be festival goers were scammed out of thousands of dollars in one of the biggest scams of 2017, the now infamous Fyre Fest.

Confirm Your Lodging ­- If you plan to stay in a hotel or use a home sharing service, don't hesitate to double check your reservation. Scammers will sell fake reservations, so only book through trusted service providers. If you're not sure of the legitimacy of your reservation, call your lodging to confirm your booking.

Be Careful When Buying Tickets from Individuals ­- You'll often see tickets being sold on places like Craigslist or Facebook. If you're purchasing from an individual seller, it can be easy to fall victim to a scam, so it's best to buy tickets directly from the festival's site or a ticket service. If you do purchase your tickets from an individual seller, use a credit card with consumer protection. Credit card companies can help with refunding your money if the tickets turn out to be fake.

Stay Safe!

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