The Rolling Stones will kick off a world tour this weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field, as will a number of other music artists. However, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning fans to exercise caution when it comes to purchasing such hard-to-get tickets to big shows like “The Stones.”
The shows, set for Friday and Tuesday, are expected to draw thousands of music fans. They are also expected to draw thousands of scammers outside the venue and online, as will a number of other shows for other artists across the country. The BBB want fans to be on the lookout for fake ticket scams.
Steve Bernas, President and CEO of the BBB’s Chicago and Northern Illinois branch, says, “Illegal ticket sellers know that fan fever can often cloud common sense and smart buying. People need to be careful so they’re not ripped off by bad guys selling fake tickets and poor quality, unlicensed merchandise.”
Scammers target big headliners like the Rolling Stones’ and other big events like Coachella and OVO. They also target sporting events.
To help you avoid scams and discern the real from the fake, the BBB has a simple checklist that will help make this summer concert experience one to remember for all the right reasons:
- Purchase tickets directly from the venue or trusted vendors like Live Nation. BBB also has a list of accredited ticket sellers.
- Always check ticket seller/broker ratings on the BBB website.
- Know the event’s refund policy on the off-chance you cannot attend.
- Use credit cards with consumer protection whenever possible.
- Approach advertisements with caution. They could be a scam.
- Remember that fake ticket sellers will often use pop-up ads online.
Visit the BBB website for the latest information on concert ticket-selling scams and check the organization’s scam tracker to see if the ticket holder you want to purchase from is legit.
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