PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) − The attorney general is warning consumers of fake ticket scams with several big events happening around Arizona.
Big names like Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman and Billy Joel will be coming to perform in the Valley next year. Plus, college bowl games like the Fiesta Bowl and Cheez-It Bowl are right around the corner.
Scammers will likely be out in full force to try and steal your information and money with increased online ticket sales.
“Scammers are finding new and creative ways to steal your hard-earned money when it comes to ticket sales,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Consumers need to take precautions to guarantee they’re not left empty-handed at the entrance with a counterfeit ticket.”
Brnovich offered some of the following tips to avoid ticket scams:
• Use a credit card to purchase tickets online because you may have more protection using a credit card in the event there is something wrong with the ticket you purchased.
• Buy tickets from a trusted vendor.
• Compare prices with different vendors.
• Ensure the website is legit and not a third-party ripoff.
• Do not pay for tickets using a wire transfer or prepaid gift cards.
• Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.
• Complete your purchase on the website you initiated the transaction, don’t let a seller convince you to send payment through a different website.
• Once you have your ticket, be careful what you post online. Scam artists can easily take the bar code of a ticket from an online post and use it to create fraudulent tickets, possibly leaving you out of the event because someone has already used the bar code to enter the event.
If you’ve fallen victim to this scam or others, you should file a consumer complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office online.