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Top Tips For Online Buyers To Avoid Getting Scammed


Several Vancouverites fell victim to ticket scammers just last week when Justin Bieber was in town for his Purpose World Tour.

One dedicated fan even travelled from as far as Brazil, just to find out her ticket was fraudulent.

This is not a new issue by any means—but once again raises the concern and dangers of making online purchases, especially with concert tickets.

Vancouver was recently ranked as being in first place, in a study that looked at cities across Canada that use Kijiji for buying and selling goods.

We’ve compiled a few tips to help prevent you from being a target for ticket scammers:

Meet at the venue. To be cautious, in situations where you are able to meet face to face with the seller on the day of the event at the venue, do it! This way you can make sure the ticket is verified and the door and then pay the seller. If you can’t do it on the day of the venue, at least call ahead and check if someone will be available to verify its legitimacy at the time of your meeting.

Arrange to meet at VPD headquarters. It doesn’t get much more legitimate than that. There is surveillance everywhere and no ticket scammer will go through with it in this locations. The VPD has also suggested that online buyers consider this as an option.

E-Ticket Transfer In-Person. Meet with the seller at a coffee shop, bring your laptop and do the whole transaction sitting side by side. Never send an email money transfer without first having the Ticket Master e-ticket transfer received. The best is to meet with the seller so you can do it at the same time and avoid being scammed.

Do your research. Check how much tickets are going for, if the deal seems too good to be true, it is probably someone trying to take advantage of you.

Don’t be pressured to buy. Ticket scammers will put pressure on you to make a quick sale before you get a chance to fully think it through. Make sure you feel comfortable in the situation.

Be wary of box office tickets. Scammers may not change the name on the pre-ordered tickets—which would deny your entry into the venue.

Get the seller’s phone number. If they’re sketchy about giving their name or phone number, take it as a giant red flag.


If you have any other helpful tips and tricks to help prevent ticket scammers, share in the comments below!



Photo: Daniel Doan / Flickr

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