16 Ways to Protect Yourself From Fake Ticket Sales


If you plan on buying tickets for a concert featuring one of your favorite entertainers, or want to surprise your special someone with seats at a Broadway hit, Victory State Bank advises you to make doubly certain you are dealing with a legitimate ticket vendor.

Staten Island’s only community-based business bank points to information posted by the government website USA.gov, which warns of ticket selling scams.

Such frauds occur when a scammer uses tickets as bait to steal your money. The scammer usually sells fake tickets – or, you pay for a ticket, but never receive it. These scams are common when tickets for popular concerts, plays, and sporting events sell out.

Scammers, including individuals and fake resale companies, take advantage of the situation in ways such as: Charging prices much higher than the face value of a ticket; creating counterfeit tickets with forged barcodes and logos of real ticket companies; selling duplicates of a legitimate ticket and emailing it to several buyers, and pretending to sell tickets online to steal your credit card information.

 To help keep you safe from ticket fraudsters, consider the following 16 tips:

1)      Buy tickets at the venue box office.

2)      Buy tickets from authorized brokers and third party sellers, with verified contact information.

3)      Verify that the seller has a real physical addresses and phone numbers. Scammers often post fake addresses, PO Box, or no address on their websites.

4)      Check the actual web address of the resale ticket seller. Some scammers create phony websites that closely resemble authentic ticket company websites.

5)      Search for negative reviews about the seller. Use the seller’s name, email address, and phone number, along with the words “fraud,” “scams,” and “fake tickets” for your online search.

6)      Look at the tickets before you buy and verify the date and the time printed on them.

7)      Make sure the section and seat numbers on the tickets actually exist at the venue.

8)      Have the seller meet you in person in a public place for the ticket exchange.

9)      Ask the seller for proof that they bought the tickets, if you are buying from an individual.

10)   Use a credit card to pay third party sellers. Your credit card offers protections, if you need to dispute a charge.

11)   Check for complaints against a ticket seller with your state’s consumer protection agency.

12)   Don’t wire transfer money to pay for tickets.  

13)   Don’t trust sellers who want you to pay with a prepaid money card.

14)   Don’t pay before seeing the tickets

15)   Don’t meet an individual ticket seller alone or in a low-traffic area.

16)   Don’t automatically trust online search results for ticket sellers. Search results can include paid ads, sellers that charge high fees, and scams.


There are several options to report a ticket scam:

Source: USA.gov




VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island, including the main office in the community of Great Kills and branches in West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. 

A planned sixth branch, to be situated in Meiers Corners, has received both regulatory and building department approvals.

For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100, or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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