Online Booking Ticket Scam

By Gill
@Gillygirl (17367)
Sutton, England
August 14, 2017 10:45am CST
Last November my daughter purchased two tickets online for her and her partner to see the comedian Micky Flannigan at the O2 Arena in London. The show is taking place in September. She can't go to see the event now as she's expecting a baby soon. As the tickets were a Christmas present for her partner she didn't want him to miss out so ensured he had someone else to accompany him. It only occurred to her today that the tickets must be due to be sent out now. The website promised they would arrive two weeks before the event. However on trying to contact the company who sold the tickets she found there was no trace of them. It was a bogus company who cheat people out of their hard earned money. Unfortunately my daughter paid by debit card. Had she have used her credit card she would have been able to have claimed the £120 paid for the tickets from her credit card company. Scams like this are occurring often. Bogus holidays have been in the news a lot recently. Have you ever been scammed online?
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@dollaboy (6153)
14 Aug 17
Sorry to know about it. These bogus companies are every where
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
14 Aug 17
Yes it pays to be vigilant when ordering online.
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• United States
14 Aug 17
Oh no I am so sorry..that is a lot of money to be scammed out of Yes that is why I always pay with credit not debit. No I had not been scammed.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
14 Aug 17
I haven't been scammed either. I use tried and trusted websites.
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@DianneN (85223)
• United States
14 Aug 17
Yikes! That is just awful!!!! I'm terribly sorry your daughter has been scammed. That's never happened to me, but I use American Express whenever we have large or foreign purchases. They always honor losses and scams such as this.
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@DianneN (85223)
• United States
15 Aug 17
@Gillygirl Same with me when we were in Sweden. Love AMEX! I feel horrible for your daughter!
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
15 Aug 17
@DianneN She's trying to get last minute tickets now but they are very pricy.
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@DianneN (85223)
• United States
17 Aug 17
@Gillygirl I hope she can get them, if she really wants to go. Often, it's worth the price.
• United States
16 Aug 17
Before I purchase anything online I look for reviews that others have made. If it is a company I check with the BBB. Many have learned that they should purchase tickets through a reputable agency. Sad that so many are out there to take advantage of people. Sorry that your daughter fell prey to this.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Aug 17
It seems that the site she purchased the tickets from initially had fake reviews.
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• United States
24 Aug 17
@Gillygirl so sorry that she got burned.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
24 Aug 17
@ElusiveButterfly I think she will be more wary in future.
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@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
17 Aug 17
No and I have been shopping online a lot for a very long time but I usually buy tickets and such directly from the venue itself since there are so many scams out there or from Ticketmaster. No deals but always tickets.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Aug 17
I prefer tried and trusted websites. Ticketmaster are expensive once booking fees are added. There are not many options to buy tickets in person.
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@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
25 Aug 17
@Gillygirl I know I really prefer to just deal with the box office.
@sol_cee (17435)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
17 Aug 17
Oh that's terrible. People will do anything to milk others. Sad.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Aug 17
I know, these scams are evil.
@bunnybon7 (37447)
• Holiday, Florida
16 Aug 17
a couple of times and i am very careful. anyone that buys anything online has it happen sooner or later
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Aug 17
Yes, it is better to use tried and trusted websites.
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@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
14 Aug 17
That's a shame!
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
15 Aug 17
Yes it's a great disappointment.
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@LadyDuck (176943)
• Switzerland
14 Aug 17
It has not happened to me, but I read warnings every day from our police. When I pay something online, I like to use PayPal, in case of problem you can claim the money back.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
14 Aug 17
Yes PayPal is the best way. My daughter told me it was a Spanish based website. I would have been suspicious.
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@LadyDuck (176943)
• Switzerland
15 Aug 17
@Gillygirl I would have been suspicious also, I would never pay a site based in Spain, Italy or Greece, I am not racist (I am Italian), I only like to play safe.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
16 Aug 17
@LadyDuck Yes I play safe too. I would be suspicious of a site not based in the UK that sells concert tickets.
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@sishy7 (27598)
• Australia
15 Aug 17
Luckily no, but I feel so bad for your daughter...
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
15 Aug 17
It sounds like she should have investigated the site selling tickets. It wasn't one of the famous ones.
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@sishy7 (27598)
• Australia
15 Aug 17
@Gillygirl I wonder what made her decided to go with the site... Did they offer some huge discount or something?
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
15 Aug 17
@sishy7 They seemed to have better seats at a good price.
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@ridingbet (59621)
• Philippines
15 Aug 17
oh, and i thought those instances of scamming online is only here in my country.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
15 Aug 17
It's a global thing nowadays.
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@ridingbet (59621)
• Philippines
16 Aug 17
@Gillygirl i saw on FB about how a man refused to work in a hardware store. the manager saw him begging to the customers so he wanted to give the man a job, but the man refused, even saying he gets more money by begging rather than the decent work offered to him.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
16 Aug 17
@ridingbet If begging could be stopped there would be an incentive to work.
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@velvet53 (17418)
• Palisade, Colorado
31 Aug 17
I am sorry to hear this. There is so much of it going on anymore and a lot of them are never caught.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
31 Aug 17
Sadly this is very true. I've just been watching a program where fraudsters sell cars on Ebay. They then encourage people to pay by bank transfer and are never seen again.
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@velvet53 (17418)
• Palisade, Colorado
1 Sep 17
@Gillygirl There needs to be a stop to this stuff
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@FayeHazel (20033)
• United States
17 Aug 17
Oh no. That is too bad. It is a good warning for all of us... also I will keep that in mind to use my credit cards buying online - instead of my debit card
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Aug 17
Yes, at least with a credit card refunds can be obtained.
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@FayeHazel (20033)
• United States
23 Aug 17
@Gillygirl Wow, and here I had thought that debit cards were covered, too, it is good to know
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Aug 17
That's horrible! I'm sorry she is unable to get that money back. She must be heart sick over it. I've never been scammed by an online site, but thanks for the heads up on it.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
15 Aug 17
I think she has learnt not to use an obscure company and to use her credit card in future.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Aug 17
@Gillygirl Good thing.
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@nomus24g (24947)
• India
14 Aug 17
there's eventually scam in everything these days....
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
14 Aug 17
There are so many scams around. If I order online I prefer to stick to tried and trusted online retailers.
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@nomus24g (24947)
• India
14 Aug 17
@Gillygirl yes, one should be very careful online...
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
18 Aug 17
Sorry that this happened. Scams like this happen all the time. I have been scammed before and it is never a good feeling
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Aug 17
No it's horrible. It seems the norm now to buy tickets online but I would use a well know retailer.
@andriaperry (58938)
• Anniston, Alabama
17 Aug 17
No I question things to much. I am sorry she got ripped off.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Aug 17
I think she will stick to tried and trusted websites in future.
@Tracy04 (10815)
• Malaysia
15 Aug 17
Sorry to hear that happen to her! I always try to buy tickets by hand instead of online to avoid that happens.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
15 Aug 17
I remember queuing up early to get tickets. Online sales are so encouraged now.
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@Corbin5 (116393)
• United States
14 Aug 17
Oh, I am so sorry this happened to your daughter. I have not been scammed online yet, but it could happen to me too one day.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
14 Aug 17
It is becoming more and more common nowadays.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
14 Aug 17
Hasn't happened to me yet - but I will be more vigilant in the future. Sorry that your daughter was a victim of these online thieves.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
14 Aug 17
Yes great care is needed with some online retailers. The company she used was Spanish based which would have rung alarm bells with me.
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