Fans and police warn of ticket scams at World Juniors
Canada’s victory over the USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship had fans celebrating and ticket prices skyrocketing.
As of Thursday afternoon, resale sites were offering a single ticket for the gold medal game against the Czech Republic for as little as $1,089 and up to nearly $29,000.
Tyler Boutilier tried to get a ticket to the finals on a buy and sell page on Facebook. At first, the posts looked promising.
“A lot of comments like ‘I have four tickets, I have three tickets,'” he said.
However, after texting back and forth with one person, Boutilier felt a red flag.
“They wanted the money for the one ticket and then they sent the ticket. They wanted the money first,” he said.
Boutilier was not interested in sending money to a potential buyer he had never met. He suggested meeting in person.
“And then she said, ‘Well, I can meet you later in Ontario,’ and that’s when I kind of knew it was all a scam,” he said.
The hockey fan did not alert the police, but others did.
“They believe they have been taken advantage of or in some way defrauded in relation to the purchase of these tickets,” the Halifax Regional Police Const said. John Macleod.
Macleod said the police are investigating. He advises fans to buy tickets from trusted retailers or websites they know.
“If something sounds too good to be true, you should trust your instincts,” Macleod said.
Boutilier decided to play his own game with people trying to trick him. He posted online that he was looking for tickets to games that didn’t exist.
“Tickets to Brazil vs Mexico or something and they said they were willing to set me up,” he said.
While some 11,000 fans pack the Scotiabank Center in Halifax on Thursday to watch Canada defend their junior world title, Boutilier will be watching at a friend’s house – where he will still be a fan and keep all his money.
Additional tips for buying tickets online provided by the Better Business Bureau include:
Shop at the venue if possible. Many official ticket sales points now also offer secondary sales options. Look at your source. Know the difference between a professional ticket broker (a legitimate and accredited reseller), a ticket scalper (an unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller), and a scammer selling fraudulent tickets. Check out the seller/agent. Check them out on BBB.org to see what other customers have experienced. Only buy from trusted suppliers. Only buy online from suppliers you know and trust. Look for the lock symbol in the web address to indicate a secure shopping system. Don’t click through emails or online ads; A common ticket fraud trick is to create a web address that resembles a well-known company. Know the refund policy. You should only purchase tickets from a ticket reseller that clearly states the terms of the transaction. Sellers should inform the buyer of the location of the seats represented by the tickets, either verbally or by reference to a seating plan, prior to purchase; and, if the tickets are not available for the purchaser’s immediate access, indicate the time of dispatch or collection of the tickets. Use protected payment methods. Always use a credit card so you have recourse if tickets are not as promised. Debit cards, wire transfers or cash transactions are risky; If the tickets are fraudulent, you cannot get your money back. Be careful with advertising. When you search for online tickets on the Internet, you often see ads for cheap tickets. Use good judgment; Some of these ads will be ticket scams, especially when prices are low. If you are unsure, check your tickets. Visit the arena where the event takes place. Present your ticket to Will Call (customer service) and they can verify that your ticket is real and show you how to tell if a ticket is fake