Better Business Bureau tips: Don’t fall for fake tickets, events

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If you’re looking for something fun to do this summer, make sure you know how to spot fake tickets or even fake events.

Scammers are tempting consumers with great prices on tickets to concerts, “fun runs,” and other entertainment. Unfortunately, some people are finding out after they hand over their money that the ticket, or the event, isn’t even real.

How the Scam Works.

You spot a great deal on tickets to a concert or other fun event, usually through social media. The event promises fun for all ages, and the website provides lots of exciting pictures and a link to buy tickets online. Simply enter in your credit card information, and you’re all set. Later, you find out the tickets are fake or the event has been cancelled, with no way to get your money back.

The following are some tips to help you spot a fake event or ticket scam.

n Do your research. Check out the company at bbb.org to find out more information. Also, check the event website for any refund or cancellation policies.

n Contact information. Look for contact information, such as a phone number, email address and mailing address, and make sure this information is valid in case you have questions or concerns.

n Payment method. Pay by a credit card whenever possible. Most credit cards offer purchase protections that other forms of payment do not. If the website will only accept wire transfers or wants payments in the form of gift cards or pre-paid debit cards, stay away.

n Visit secure sites. Take a look at your browser’s address bar. Make sure the website begins with https (not just http) and has a little padlock symbol.

For more consumer tips, visit bbb.org or call (800) 388-2222. n