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Published On: Mon, Nov 7th, 2016

How to Avoid Online Ticket Scams

Online shopping has made it much easier for people to purchase tickets to events such as music concerts and gigs, sports games, comedy shows, theatre productions, and much, much more. However, one of the biggest downfalls of this is that purchasing tickets to various events online often comes with the added risk of being scammed out of your money by being sold a counterfeit ticket.

Buying tickets which don’t actually exist from online scammers and fraudsters is one of the most common social engineering scams, with thousands of people each year falling victim to this popular cyber-crime. But, there’s no need to go back to the old-fashioned methods of purchasing tickets in-person from the box office in order to avoid getting ripped off. We’ve listed some of the best tips and tricks to use when purchasing tickets online to make sure that you get the right, genuine ticket.

Choose Sellers Wisely

Purchasing from the box office website – after making sure that it is secure – is probably the best way to buy tickets online and avoid getting scammed out of your money in the process. But, buying tickets directly from the box office or venue can often be the most expensive option, therefore it’s no surprise that the majority of people who buy tickets will often look for an alternative in order to help themselves save some money. But, if you’re purchasing from third-party ticket sellers, being vigilant and knowing which sites are genuine and which to avoid is a key step in protecting yourself from being scammed. Sites such as www.ticketoffices.com offer guarantees and protection for their customers, meaning that if you do end up with a counterfeit ticket, you’ll get your money back straight away.

Photo: MoD/MOD

Photo: MoD/MOD

Don’t Rush

One of the main tactics of scam artists when selling counterfeit tickets is to rush customers into making a purchase as quickly as possible. But, the thing is, when you are feeling pressured and like you’re running out of time, it can be easy to start feeling stressed which can contribute to you not thinking clearly and missing out on noticing any signs that something isn’t quite right. Since scammers know this, they will often try to rush you on purpose so that you’ll become flustered and make the purchase without putting as much thought into it as you usually would. Refusing to be rushed when purchasing tickets online could often make all of the difference when it comes to avoiding being a victim of a scam.

Meet In Person

If you’re hoping to get a good deal on tickets by purchasing them online from sites such as Craigslist, make sure that you are aware that by doing so, you are putting yourself at a higher level of risk of falling victim to a scam and therefore it’s crucial to take extra preventative measures in order to avoid this. If you’re buying tickets second-hand through a site which does not offer you any sort of financial protection against potential scams and fraud, meeting in person is a good idea so that you know who the person is and will be able to recognize them in the future if needs be. Along with that, insisting an in-person meeting can often be a great way of determining whether or not somebody is about to scam you, as many scammers won’t be too happy about the prospect of you seeing their face.

Opt for Paper Tickets

Unless you’re buying from the official box office or from an approved third-party selling site which will offer you protection against fraud and scams, opting for paper tickets, rather than electronic ones, is the best way to avoid getting scammed. Electronic tickets can often easily be duplicated and counterfeited, whereas many paper tickets often contain holograms or are designed to be far more difficult to copy and replicate.

Choose Payment Methods Wisely

When purchasing tickets online, using a payment method such as PayPal, which will offer you some extra buyer protection in the event of fraud, is a wise idea to help you make sure that you don’t end up losing out on your money. If a seller doesn’t accept PayPal, you might want to be a little bit suspicious as not only is this payment method easy to set up, it’s also free for personal use therefore there’s no reason why most people won’t be able to accept it.

Buying events tickets online can be risky, so use these preventative measures to make sure that you don’t get scammed or tricked.

Author: Joao Pedro

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