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Vancouver, BC – When news broke of The Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie’s terminal cancer, the reverberations were felt throughout Canada. For decades, he and his band have crisscrossed the nation and toured the world bringing their brand of home-grown rock to the masses.
The news of his disease inspired the band to do one last tour across the country. The response, of course, was massive. Buying tickets to exclusive events these days are a crap shoot at best. Ticket bots snap up swaths of the high-demand seats only to have brokers and private sellers turn around and charge many times more. Events like this where the emotional pitch is high, also bring out the scammers who don’t care about your personal connection to the band.
“This is the perfect storm for ticket scams,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC. “Limited shows, a dying Canadian icon, and a country of fans who regard the band as something that defines Canadians. It simply generates the kind of demand scammers hope for, and the kind of risk ticket buyers may try to take to be a part of history. This will be an emotional draining tour for everyone. We just want the fans to be careful.”
BBB offers these tips to protect yourself:
Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor
BBB Serving Mainland BC
404-788 Beatty Street
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Mainland B.C., founded in 1939 and serving the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Northern, Central and Southern Interior BC, and the Yukon, is one of 109 local, independent BBBs across North America. In 2015, consumers turned to BBB Serving Mainland B.C. more than 2 million times for Business Reviews and processed 7,500 complaints.