close
Advertisement

How to spot concert ticket scams

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is – those words have never rung truer than when you’re shopping on online marketplaces, especially for concert tickets.

How to spot concert ticket scams
Getty Images

Music fans in Singapore are in for a treat with top acts like Maroon 5, Jason Mraz and Mariah Carey coming through in the next few months.

However, with high tickets prices and sellout concerts, it’s getting harder than ever to catch a live show without contemplating selling an internal organ.

The bargain hunters among us will turn to the next best place for tickets: online marketplaces like Carousell, Craigslist or Gumtree.

But as anyone who has ever spent time on these sites will know, you need to exercise a great deal of caution or you could end up poorer with nothing to show for it.

Heed these 4 warning signs that you could be dealing with a scammer, and save yourself some disappointment and some money!

Advertisement
1. The tickets are cheaper than retail
1. The tickets are cheaper than retail
Getty Images

While there may be genuine cases where a legitimate seller will need to offload his tickets (for example, a work emergency that prevents him from going to the concert), it’s not realistic to expect him to incur a significant loss, especially if the tickets are for sold out concerts.

If someone is offering deeply discounted tickets, keep scrolling!

You are dealing with a scammer.

2. The seller doesn’t want to meet
2. The seller doesn’t want to meet
Getty Images

Alarm bells should ring if the seller doesn’t want to have a face-to-face meeting and wants to get the deal done quickly through an online funds transfer, promising to mail the tickets after you’ve paid.

We’re willing to bet that you will never receive your tickets or hear from him or her ever again after you’ve transferred the money.

If you’re one of the lucky few who has found a genuine seller, always insist on a face-to-face meeting in public to complete the transaction.

However, there is still a possibility that the tickets are fake or duplicates so buyer beware.

3. Opt for physical tickets
3. Opt for physical tickets
Getty Images

If you’re buying tickets from a seller on an online marketplace, make sure you receive printed physical tickets and not PDF copies or e-tickets.

The scammer may have sold the same e-ticket to several buyers, which means you won’t be able to use them.

4. Read the reviews
4. Read the reviews
Getty Images

Does the seller have any reviews or is he a new member?

Does he have other listings?

Sellers who are new and don’t have anything else up for sale may be scammers looking to make a quick buck off the naïve and vulnerable.

Stay vigilant!



Advertisement
Visit the Game of Thrones shoot locations and relive your favourite episodes

Visit the Game of Thrones shoot locations and relive your favourite episodes

After almost a decade of captivating audiences, Game of Thrones has finally come to an end for TV viewers. But if you still want your GoT fix, visiting one of the show’s filming locations may be the next best thing.
40 of the most magical movies from your childhood

40 of the most magical movies from your childhood

Whether it was the enchanting characters, the memorable scenes or simply because it was the first film mum or dad took you to, these are the movies that have left the most lasting impressions over the decades. How many do you have a soft spot for?
30 amazing facts about your brain that will blow your mind

30 amazing facts about your brain that will blow your mind

Here are some fascinating facts about your grey matter.
12 foods you didn’t know could kill your dog
13 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage

13 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are one of the planet’s most enduring “old married couples.” Find out the secrets behind their lasting love.

Advertisement