Planning for a holiday abroad ? Ordering your favourite phone? Applying for an exam? beware netizens . About 12 percent of people report they have purchased a concert ticket online that turned out to be a scam.

A lot of bot behavior leads to tickets selling out very quickly … and then those tickets being listed at very high prices in the secondary market  prices that the artist never really intended them to sell at. More than 200 reports of e-commerce scams involving concert and event ticket sales worth at least $89,000 were received by the police last year.

Police revealed the figures in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Jan 16), warning concertgoers of such scams with upcoming events. In last year’s cases, victims either did not receive the tickets or received invalid tickets after payments were made.

5 Smart Hacks to Avoid Hacks

1. Ask for a copy of the seller’s invoice stating the tickets have been completely paid

2. Ask the seller for their account #. It should match their name from the online receipt rep or the tickets.

3. Always meet in person, if possible. Pay with a cashier’s check versus a personal check, protects your account information. If you pay without meeting, pay with PayPal , Paytm , PhonePe only .

4. If the person is mailing you the tickets make sure you get some type of written receipt or contract via email stating when and how the tickets will be delivered/sent. Pay 1/2 now and the other 1/2 when the tickets are received. And make sure the person let’s you know they got your money and they are sending the tickets, track your communication via email!

5. People selling tickets at face value may be selling fake or scalped tickets. This is not ALWAYS the case, but it does happen. There are tons of scams out there. Check ticket agencies for views of seating charts, the cost of tickets, the dates of games, concerts, shows, etc. Research the tickets you are buying and know what you are getting!

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