Beware of Scammers Pushing Fake Hip Tickets

June 03, 2016


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:

  • If a price for a ticket is too good to be true…it is.
  • NEVER wire money to someone you don’t know.
  • If buying tickets privately, meet in public and bring a friend.
    • The VPD have offered the steps at their Cambie Street headquarters to make such transactions.
  • If buying tickets privately online, use third-party portals like PayPal.
  • If buying tickets on eBay, check the seller’s reputation and track record.
  • Make sure hard copy tickets have the correct dates and seating information. Ask to see a picture of the tickets.
  • Ask the seller for contact information, if they refuse, walk away.
  • Buying tickets from scalpers can be a game of roulette. You might get taken to the cleaners or the seats may be just as advertised. Keep in mind that it’s illegal to charge more than the face value for tickets. Ask the seller to come to the venue with you to make sure you get in.
  • Buy direct from the venue or a reputable ticket broker; search for both at to see if there are any complaints filed against them.



Media contact:

Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor
BBB Serving Mainland BC
Phone: 604-488-8702
Mobile: 604-505-2307
404-788 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 2M1

About BBB:

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 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.