I saw a news story about people getting scammed using Craigslist to buy tickets.
Here is a simple tip: If you are planning to buy tickets to a sporting event or concert through Craigslist, use common sense.
Bad people love to take advantage of popular things. Bad people love to scam good people looking for a bargain.
If you are looking for tickets to an event that is expensive and/or hard to get into and you see a deal on Craigslist that seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam. (Especially if the person selling the tickets is “out of town”)
Do not send money through Paypal in exchange for tickets. Do not send money through Western Union (ever). If you are going to buy tickets from someone through Craigslist, make sure you speak to the person on the phone and make sure you meet them in person for the exchange.
Do not agree to send money to someone on Craigslist if they say they will ship the tickets to you. It is very easy to make up tracking numbers and blame it on the delivery service (UPS, FedEx, USPS). Cash in person is the best way to go.
Keep these simple steps in mind:
1. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
2. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t go along with it.
If everyone (including ticket brokers) in your area is asking $150/ea. for a ticket to a popular event and you see an ad asking only $80/ea. for the same seats, be very cautious. It is probably a scam!
Also, be sure to check out my How to Sell on Craigslist.