Tangled websites

Ticket scalping used to be a fairly simple transaction. Someone would stand outside a ballgame or a concert holding a couple of tickets, or perhaps even keep them hidden, and say to those going by, “Need tickets?”

But the Internet changed all that. And now, reports The News & Observer’s David Menconi, an industry of scalpers is appearing on websites near you. The most risky of these places are “sham sites,” where people who might type “DPAC” into their computers for Durham Performing Arts Center come across a site happy to guide them through the ticket-buying process. The process will in the end prove very expensive.