Don't get duped by summer ticket scams

Charlotte, NC - CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Your favorite band, artist, or sports team is coming to town but you either can't afford, or can't find, tickets to see them.  It seems convenient to be able to search for cheap or last-minute tickets online, but buyer beware.

Some sites may look legitimate but they could leave you with fake tickets, or no tickets at all.  Below are some tips to help you avoid getting scammed:

HOW TO SPOT A FRAUD

  • LOW PRICE: A price that is too good to be true
  • CASH/WIRE:  Seller wants 100% of the payment up front via a wire transfer or cashier's check before the tickets are sent
  • QUALITY:  Tickets are poor quality

TWO EASY STEPS TO AVOID FRAUD

  • RESEARCH: Go to the Better Business Bureau website and run a quick search on your favorite search engine of the company or person acting as the reseller.
  • AVOID CASH SALES: Use either your Credit Card or PayPal.  PayPal and credit cards offer limited but some buyer protection services

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM

  • If you used your Credit Card or PayPal – notify them immediately
  • Report the fraud to the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission
  • To contact the Better Business Bureau to research the company selling tickets, visit the BBB website or call the BBB at (704) 927-8611 or call 1-877-317-7236 toll-free in N.C. and S.C.
  • To file a report with the Federal Trade Commission, you can call 877-382-4357 or visit their website

A FUN & LEGIT SITE

Something that is legit!  Disney has a new Facebook application that lets you buy tickets to see Toy Story 3 right on the Facebook site.  The app is called Disney Tickets Together.  Not only can you buy tickets, you can invite others on Facebook to join you!  You can even see the types of theaters.

LEGITIMATE RE-SELLERS

You have lots of choices of legitimate re-sellers, three sites that you may want to check are:

AUCTION SITES

eBay provides some helpful tips to avoid buying fake tickets on their auction site

Craigslist provides tips and questions to ask the seller to avoid fakes