It’s not surprising, but reports have poured in over the past few months that scammers are looking to cash in on the summer festival and concert season by peddling fake tickets to Facebook users. These scams can be difficult to detect, and it’s almost impossible to get your money back if you fall victim to one. Thankfully, there are some helpful tips you can follow to sniff out these fraudulent offers.
Joni Sweet, a writer and Facebook user interested in buying tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras tour, said that she combed through her potential seller’s Facebook history to make sure his account wasn’t created recently. She also asked him why he was selling the tickets and for detailed screenshots of the entire process.
“I asked him to take new recordings that showed today’s date, our Facebook conversation, and the tickets in his Ticketmaster account. A few minutes later, he sent me exactly what I asked for,” Sweet wrote. “I watched it over and over again looking for signs it had been faked. I paid attention to the battery level on the phone, the time displayed, and our recorded conversation to see if it looked like he had messed with it.”
This might seem like a lot of work to go through, but Facebook can’t catch every harmful scam on its platform. Therefore, it falls to us to look out for ourselves.
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