Swifties scammed: North Vancouver RCMP warn of Taylor Swift ticket scams

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The North Vancouver RCMP is warning the public to beware of online scams involving the sale of tickets to Taylor Swift concerts.

Mounties said Thursday they have received two reports of people losing money after buying fake tickets on Facebook Marketplace for the pop star’s concert in Vancouver next year.

In each case, when e-transfer payments were made, the “seller” stopped all communication, according to RCMP. The scammer then blocked the victim’s account or deleted the fake account, leaving the buyer without their money or tickets.

Similar scams have been reported across the Lower Mainland and Canada, the RCMP said.

In the first instance, the victim found the ad online and contacted the seller for an agreed price of $1,020 for the tickets. The victim e-transferred the money and the suspect sent an email with a wallet attachment but no actual instructions for a Ticketmaster transfer. RCMP said once the victim inquired further, the suspect stopped responding.

In the second scam, the victim responded to an ad on Facebook Marketplace for four tickets. The seller and victim communicated for an agreed price of $1,400. The victim e-transferred money to the seller who then requested $400 more, according to RCMP.

The seller finally sent the tickets to the victim by email but did not provide the passcode to redeem the tickets. Shortly after, the RCMP said the seller stopped responding to the victim, who is now out $1,800.

The RCMP provided the following tips for buying concert and event tickets:

• Unless you know the seller personally, avoid sending money with person-to-person platforms like e-transfers.

• Try to avoid buying from unknown people on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.

• Take a breath. Scammers prey on a sense of urgency. Take the time to do due diligence. You may not end up getting the tickets, but you’ll still have your cash.

• As always, if it’s too good to be true, it likely is.

• Always try to exchange items and money in a public setting – like in front of a police station.

This article was originally sourced from www.msn.com