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Craigslist Ticket Scams

Craigslist is a great place to score tickets to sought-after concerts and sports events, but many are finding they've ripped off by counterfeit ticket scams.

Craigslist provides an excellent means to sell unneeded tickets to sporting events, shows, concerts, festivals, fairs or even airline tickets. All you need to do is make a post and wait for the emails and/or phone calls to start coming in. Finding deals or tickets to hot shows or "sold out" events has made it one of the first places to turn to when you want to purchase tickets, especially when they're for premiere events.

Many of these tickets are sold for top dollar, but considering the considerable cost of tickets, even face value can mean a lot of money is going to change hands. Imagine, for example, that you find someone selling season's tickets to all the home games played by you favorite NFL team. That could easily have a face value of $1500 for 2 good seats.

This means that you have to be careful when purchasing tickets from connections made on Craigslist. The tickets could be stolen or counterfeit or they could be priced far beyond the face value. The tickets may even have been used at a previous, similar event. There are a lot of scams out there awaiting the unwary. Luckily, there's something you can do that might help you avoid going home with a counterfeit that costs nothing but a little of you time. Make sure you know what the tickets you're purchasing are supposed to look like. Good printers are so cheap that with a little practice, anyone could create a decent looking ticket facsimile. Good enough to fool anyone that doesn't know what the ticket is supposed to say on it and what the design is. You'd be amazed at how many people are fooled because they don't know what the genuine tickets should look like. This won't save you from a truly dedicated master of the counterfeit arts but it will certainly give you a major advantage when rendezvousing with a ticket seller.

Buyers and sellers should try to meet face-to-face but make sure it's in a public place. If you're bringing $1500 for those to season's tickets it's probably not a good idea to meet someone you've never met, alone in an isolated place late at night. A lot of crooks will settle for a few hundred. I'm not saying that you should be afraid to engage in transactions like this. I'm saying that you should but play it safe. I've bought and sold tickets many times through Craigslist and wouldn't hesitate to do it again in the future.

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