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An Analysis of Social Media Ticket Scams

Sports and concert tickets can be pretty hard to come by, but can lead to some of the most memorable moments in your life. As you clamor to get tickets, it is important to keep scams in mind. Ticket scammers try to take advantage of people’s desperation for event tickets by using social engineering to scam them in numerous ways. They have been known to set up fake websites to sell tickets, offer fake tickets at discounted prices on social media, or even offer fake tickets to events that have already sold out at a much higher price.

Once a ticket has been sold, a fake ticket will be sent to the buyer, if anything is sent at all. The more malicious schemes involve stealing a buyer’s credit card information once they try to pay for the ticket. Though this may seem scary, there are several ways to protect yourself against these scams.

Most of the time, scams are found outside of the organization’s official ticketing site. So be skeptical of tickets that are sold second-hand and try to buy directly from the organization. It is also important to realize that any deal that seems too good to be true probably is. So if someone is offering tickets at a majorly discounted price, it is likely that it’s a scam. 

Another factor to keep in mind is that some payment methods, like cash, peer to peer payment apps, and gift cards, do not offer any protection. Once the money is sent, it is essentially gone forever. Any suspicious contact, like someone urging you to contact them immediately for tickets, weird typos, or awkward phrasing could be signs of a scam as well. With all of this information in mind, it should now be easier to protect yourself from ticket scammers trying to steal your hard earned money.



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