Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The return of some of our favorite music events and festivals this summer can be an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of fans looking for last-minute or cheaper tickets.
First News at Nine’s Leann Stapleton shares tips on how to avoid buying a fake ticket.
Summer music events have returned to the Chippewa Valley and that also means an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of fans looking for last-minute or cheaper tickets.
Kathy Wright is the general manager of Country Jam USA. She says the best plan of action is to purchase admission tickets straight from the source.
“The best piece of advice that anyone of us could give in coming to one of our festivals is to buy your ticket through us,” Wright said.
Scammers can sell you the same ticket over and over again, selling them to other victims.
“We often find scalpers or people who are selling on craigslist, buying one ticket and they’ll print out that PDF 30 or 40 times,” Wright said.
Wright says buying your ticket from a third-party website like Facebook marketplace or Craigslist raises your risk of purchasing a fraudulent ticket. Knowing the admission procedures and the version of tickets being used is important.
There are some cases if you got to an event and the ticket you have is not real, that the only other option is to buy a real ticket when you get there or go home.
“If you purchase a ticket that you didn’t purchase through us, there’s really nothing that we can do for you once you get to the gate,” Wright said.
In Eau Claire, Leeann Stapleton, First News at Nine.
Wright says if you bought your ticket through a third party and are unsure if it is valid, you can check with the event you are attending by calling or emailing.