Summer Fun and Avoiding Ticketing Scams

Be Summer Ready With These Tips on Spotting Faux Tickets and Ticketing Trickery
May 17, 2017

With the 500 Festival zooming its way around the corner, the scammers are racing right along with you. The world of technology makes it fast and easy to purchase that ticket, but, before you do be aware and learn how to spot fake tickets and possible scams.

How to Spot a Fake Ticket. Here are a few things you might want to look for to spot a fake ticket:

  • Always check the date and the name of the event on the ticket and make sure it matches the actual event.
  • Be wary of spelling and grammatical errors. These are clear signs that a ticket might not be legit.
  • Be aware that sports games, such as the Super Bowl, or music festivals, like Coachella, have barcodes on tickets and wristbands that need to be scanned before entering.
  • Compare your ticket with one that was purchased from the official site. This allows you to spot anything that seems to be wrong with your ticket.

BBB Serving Central Indiana offers the following tips to avoid purchasing fake tickets and gets you racing to your event: 

  • Buy only from trusted vendors. Buy online only from vendors you know and trust. Look for the lock symbol in the web address to indicate a secure purchasing system. Avoid emails or online ads; a common scam trick is to create a web address that is similar to a well-known company. 
  • Know the refund policy. You should only purchase tickets from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction. Sellers should disclose to the purchaser, prior to purchase, the location of the seats represented by the tickets, either orally or by reference to a seating chart; and, if the tickets are not available for immediate access to the purchaser, disclose when the tickets will ship or be available for pick up. 
  • Use payment methods that come with protection. Always use a credit card, so you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised. Debit cards, wire transfer or cash transactions are risky; if the tickets are fraudulent, you won’t be able to get your money back. 

For more information, please contact BBB at or 1-866-463-9222.

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