The concert ticket system robs people of time and money

INDIANA — A concert ticket scam is robbing people of their hard-earned money and a good time.

In the current scam, a “seller” posts on Facebook that he has tickets to Morgan Wallen’s concert at the Ruoff Music Center on Thursday, June 16.

Once the person buying sends money, the tickets are never sent. Instead, they are blocked on the app.

Morgan Wallen concert tickets are selling for high prices, which is why the Facebook post caught their attention.

The person who posts sells tickets for $100.

Two Greenwood residents WRTV spoke to fell for the scam.

“It seemed too good to be true at first, but we also felt like she was just trying to shake it off,” Maggie Stanley said.

The poster told the two women similar stories.

“She told me her mother passed away and she had to leave town for the funeral,” Kennedy Syx said.

Stanley heard a similar story.

“The reason she couldn’t go to the concert was because her mother passed away,” Stanley said.

The two women were delighted to go to the concert.

“We were almost in tears, we were so excited we could have gone,” Stanley said. “Just because we love Morgan Wallen, we love Hardy and we would have had our little girl dream come true.”

WRTV searched Facebook for tickets and found dozens of identical posts on several different local groups, all with a different seller name.

“It’s annoying because they get so much money from people who want to go out and have a good time and have these kinds of experiences with their friends and family and it’s like you’re taking that away from them,” he said. said Stanley.

Industry leaders have provided advice on what to look for when buying tickets online.

  • Don’t walk away with the first message you see online
  • Slow down when buying
  • Access the official website of the site
  • Avoid third-party vendors

WRTV posed questions to the industry leader:

What should consumers look for when buying tickets online?

  • Liability, reputable veterans, trusted websites, need to be protected if paying with credit card (can dispute charges if you don’t get what you paid for)
  • Do business with people you know, like and trust

How do you know if your ticket is legitimate?

  • Ticketmaster/Livenation has an 80% market share and most tickets are now mobile transfer tickets
  • Old-fashioned cardstock tickets are a thing of the past, except for the Indianapolis 500

What are your consumer warnings when it comes to buying tickets from third-party providers?

Tips and tricks to look for when someone posts an article about selling a ticket?

  • Avoid Craig’s List for tickets – there are a lot of predatory sellers there.

It is not easy to recover money in these cases.

WRTV reached out to Venmo who said documentation is essential, enable secure payment when sending money if you’re buying a good. They also recommend never sending money to anyone you don’t know.

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