Ticket scams rife in lead-up to summer fun

Ticket scammers are profiting from fans of festivals and concerts such as Bay Dreams.Photo: File.

With the sold-out Bay Dreams just around the corner, festival fans may be getting desperate to buy tickets.

But the sunny weather and good mood isn't putting off ticket scammers from ruining the fun for everyone.

A number of complaints have been swirling around Facebook recently, with eager concert-goers seeking last-minute tickets to events such as Bay Dreams and being scammed out of hundreds of dollars in some cases.

Police Sergeant Phill Hamlin says that the types of scams vary.

"The tickets could be fake, you might pay cash but never receive a ticket, or the ticket may differ from what you thought you were buying," he says.

Police are currently investigating multiple reports of one particular scam, where tickets are offered for sale on Facebook. The buyer pays into an online account, but the tickets are not sent – and the Facebook profile of the seller is deleted.

Phill urges people to remember not to buy goods like tickets from anyone who you are unsure about.

"Never pay money into another account without verifying who the account belongs too. And lastly – if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is."

For more tips on avoiding online event ticket scams, visit: www.netsafe.org.nz/event-ticket-scams




2 Comments

It’s New Zealand

Posted on 31-12-2018 18:54 | By Slim Shady

Everybody loves a scam.

How stupid

Posted on 31-12-2018 18:41 | By R1Squid

to think that there would be none. I am sure the organisers would have anticipated this and introduced some security to circumvent the issue.

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