Don't Miss the Show! Fraud and Buying Concert Tickets Online

July 3, 2014

Remember when music fans would camp overnight and line up for countless hours to buy concert tickets? Yeah. Those days are gone. Now tickets can be purchased online in a matter of minutes, without the need to tug along a lawn chair.

Even though online ticketing can save you some time, it can also present some risks for your safety online. If you're a concertgoer buying tickets online, cyber criminals may target you to try and scam you out of your money or steal your personal info. If that wasn't bad enough, you might actually miss the show too!

Thankfully, there are some easy things you can do to protect yourself when buying tickets to your favourite summer concert or festival.

Online Shopping

Start by verifying that a site is trustworthy. Look for things like sales, returns, and privacy policies. Check to see if there is a real physical address and phone number for the business.

Always follow these simple cyber safety tips:

Online Auctions

Online auctions are a popular way to buy tickets to a sold-out show, or get tickets below the retail price. But they're also popular amongst fraudsters and identity thieves. Quell that FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) by reviewing these online auction tips (don't forget the online shopping tips above still apply!):

Online Contests

Everybody wants something for nothing, and contests can be super enticing. Unfortunately, they're another way for cybercriminals to collect information through contest entry forms. Here are some clues that it could be a scam:

Finally, if you suspect that a website or seller is fraudulent, or that you may have been a victim of fraud, you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at or by calling 1-888-495-8501. There's plenty more information on how to stay safe online on Enjoy your outings this summer!

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