Sold-Out Ticket Scams Start Hitting Social Media

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Scammers haven’t wasted any time attempting to suck blood from the turnip of burgeoning performing arts org concert activity. The latest attempt to exploit organizations focuses on events that are at capacity or sell out quickly thanks to limited numbers of seats available due to COVID restrictions.

The scam is straightforward enough:

  • Fake user posts a comment to an event post at your Facebook wall saying they have some of the limited quantity tickets but can’t attend.
  • Scammer claims to verify legitimacy of tickets.
  • Scammer requires the mark to send payment directly for tickets.

The buyer gets duped and the organization is left to deal with the aftermath of an angry ticket buyer.

As of right now, there’s not much you can do beyond the following:

About Drew McManus

In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower.

With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.

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