Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Caveat emptor, would-be concertgoers

Be cautious when you buy music festival tickets, for they run the risk of being fake, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office warned in a news release Friday.

“You’ve got your sights set on attending the big concert, the hit show or popular music festival,” said Seza Mikikian, deputy district attorney, in a video attached to the fraud warning. “The problem is that you don’t have tickets. You go online and find a seller who not only has great seats but also offers a great price.”

Through what’s called the fraudulent ticket scam, advertisements for discounted tickets are shared online by criminals, using various techniques to make these tickets look legitimate. This includes forging barcodes and logos of actual ticket companies, as well as selling duplicates of legitimate electronic tickets.

Here are some tips on how to spot fraudulent ticket sales:

  • Purchase tickets from the event website, box office or through an authorized and well-known broker;
  • check and double-check that the ticket seller’s web address is accurate and real;
  • And watch out for classified advertisements online and elsewhere.

Mikikian talks more about this scam in a video available on the District Attorney’s website: https://da.lacounty.gov/community/fraud-alerts.

Those interested in more information can follow @LADAOffice on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date news. The above information was shared with The Signal via a news release from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

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