Ticket Scams

As a frequent concert goer, I’m always trying to find the best deals on tickets for concerts. But buying tickets for events from online sources aside from big names like Ticketmaster makes me a little weary and skeptical.  Danielle Posner was a victim to one of these scams, after purchasing $350 tickets to the play “Hamilton” from a Craigslist seller, which would turn out to be fake.  The New York Times article talks about how upset Posner was, and that would lead her to working with the NYPD and setting up a ‘sting’ to catch the man who sold her the tickets. She had her boyfriend respond to another ad that was placed about another set of tickets, and had the counterfeiter arrested once the transaction was made.


A site that I use for tickets that can’t be found on Ticketmaster is StubHub, where buyers can sell and buy tickets that have already been purchased. Unfortunately, most times the prices are above face value, but StubHub does offer a refund policy for fake tickets.  On their Fan Protect Guarantee site, they state “If the tickets you ordered are invalid and not honored by the venue, StubHub may, in its sole discretion, attempt to locate replacement tickets for you or provide you with a full refund (including any fees and shipping/handling charges).”


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