When it comes to securing Taylor Swift tickets, the struggle is real.
Hundreds of people have been left disappointed after not getting pre-sale codes, while others who have received codes may be let down on the day when it comes to actually purchasing the tickets. Sigh.
With fans desperate to be in attendance at one of Taylor’s shows, this is an opportune moment for scammers to swoop in. When it comes to any big musical event like the Eras tour, scam artists are waiting with fake tickets, fake QR codes, and fake profiles that will leave your pockets empty and your wallet ticket-less. It’s the absolute worst!
Thankfully – there’s ways to be vigilant so that you don’t get duped when it comes to buying a Taylor ticket. The experts over at Scams.info have provided some helpful tips on how to detect a scam to ensure you don’t fall for one.
Here’s five ways to avoid a re-selling scam.
1.Pay attention to the payment method
When shopping for resold Eras tour tickets online, it’s crucial to make payments through the actual website itself. Often online scammers might put pressure on a buyer not to use a site’s secure payment methods, and instead pay through a bank transfer (or Revolut) before the product has been seen or received. These seller practices should always raise a red flag. Try to avoid sellers advertising through social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
2. Ask for current photos of the product
Whatever ticket you’re trying to purchase, request that the seller send you a recent photo of it or a screenshot of the ticket confirmation. Ask them to set the printed-out ticket(s) or confirmation next to a piece of paper with your name written on it, for example. If they’re unwilling to do so, chances are they don’t have the product at all, so don’t proceed with the transaction.
3. Look out for extremely low-priced products
Tickets sold for unbelievably low prices are a definite warning sign. Do your research and look around other websites to check the average price of the tickets you’d like to buy. With the demand for the Eras Tour set to be so high, resold tickets will most likely be overpriced. Remember: if the price seems way too good to be true, it most likely is.
4. Check the seller’s profile
Ideally, the seller should have reviews on their profile from previous buyers that you can read. Also be aware of too many positive reviews which sound the same. Inspect the profile carefully for anything that might look suspicious and if you see something, don’t risk buying from that seller.
5. Decline overpayments if you’re the seller
While it might not happen too often, scammers may target sellers as well. They may pay more than the set price and then say they’ve made a mistake before asking for a partial refund. The seller will send the refund, only to discover the original payment had been cancelled. If a person is acting suspiciously when you decline an overpayment and ask for the correct amount, it could mean they’re a scammer.
Be safe out there – and good luck Swifties!