Online Ticket Scalpers Target Local Venues

RENO, NV - You've been warned before; don't buy tickets to a show or a game online from someone you don't know. But what if that scammer is hiding behind a legitimate looking website. Would you be able to tell the difference?

When he saw the $200 price tag on tickets for a show at the Pioneer Center, Reno resident Frank was shocked. He'd promised his daughter they would go, so he bought them anyway. When he got to the box office he discovered he was charged much more that the face value of the tickets. To add insult to injury, the tickets were also invalid.

An employee at the box office explained to Frank that he had been scalped. A company based out of Connecticut had charged him the exorbitant price the left tickets worth $49.99 apiece under his name at will call. The Pioneer Center, which is a non profit, has seen this scam a number of times before. To help prevent it, they do not honor tickets, which are not purchased through their sales agency Ticket Sage.

Frank says he found the false ticket site by searching online for "Reno Theater Tickets". He was directed to a false site that looked legitimate, but was disingenuous. The Pioneer Center Director tells KOLO 8 this has been a problem in the past and they are working on legal action to prevent it.

In this case, Frank did not use the tickets. He was able to get his credit card company to refund the charges, but he's not comfortable having his information in the hands of a company he feels misrepresented itself.

"I'm uneasy about it," he says. "But it's just something I'll have to watch in case any charges pop up." Ge says, in the future, he'll call the box office before buying. For more information from the FTC about how you can avoid falling prey to an unauthorized site, click on the link below.

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