(Internet) Buyer Beware: Online Ticketsellers Dupe Unsavvy Arts Patrons

Here’s how it works: Secondary sellers buy, or have others buy, blocks of tickets, sometimes using illegal software. Then they inflate the face value with “fees” and offer them for resale through online sites designed to look official and rank high on search engines. Often they guarantee only a particular section of a venue, with the actual seat and row to be confirmed later. Sometimes they don’t even have the tickets in hand they are offering.

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