Don't get taken on Craigslist
There is really no way to guarantee that you won't get taken by a scammer that lists tickets
for sale on Craigslist, but there are a few things you can do to cut down the risk. Here are
1. Do a Google Search of the phone number listed in the ad to see if there are
any negative comments on the internet.
2. Do a Craigslist Search of the phone number for prior ads or issues.
3. Ask the person why they are selling.
4. Ask if the tickets are hard or ticketfast (tickets printed at home on a printer). Just
because they are hard tickets doesn't mean you are in the clear. They could have
been stolen or purchased with a stolen credit card. Just because the tickets may
be ticketfast doesn't mean the chances are higher that they are bad. Several
professional sports teams don't even do hard season tickets any longer. And with
most concerts purchased through Ticketmaster, the Buyer has the option of printing
the tickets at home the majority of the time.
5. Meet in a public place and by the Sellers vehicle. Take a picture of the license plate
on the vehicle. If the seller doesn't have a vehicle, that could be a red flag.
6. Ask to take a picture of the Seller. This can be used for a Police Report if the tickets
are bad and you can also post on Facebook or other Social Media to help determine
the person's real identity. If they object, that should be a flag. I prefer you take a
picture of me and store my name and number on your cell phone as I sell a lot of tickets
to many events.
7. Most important of all, if you don't feel comfortable buying from the person, DON"T!!!
Better to be safe than sorry.
Hopefully you have found these tips useful and they will help you from getting scammed.