PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — With the opportunity to see your favorite team at the World Series comes opportunistic crooks touting tickets to the series — that turn out to be worthless.
The Rhode Island Attorney General’s office and its Consumer Protection Unit said Friday that Red Sox fans will want to be careful when looking for tickets. Fans should only buy them from the venue or another legitimate, well-known seller.
“A lot of these scams happen when people look for tickets on unofficial, non-MLB sites,” said Amy Kempe, the attorney general’s office spokesperson.
Big-profile reseller sites, like StubHub, Ace Ticket and Vivid Seats are considered legitimate, she said.
“It’s when they start using other types of platforms, like eBay, or they go to social media to buy tickets, like Facebook,” Kempe warned.
She said the oversight or guarantee isn’t there and a fly-by-night operation can fleece the innocent.
There’s nothing stopping a fraudster from buying a single legitimate ticket that ends up being electronic — an usher will scan the code you print out when you enter the stadium — and then making 30 copies of it, Kempe noted. Only the first person who scans the ticket on the way in will be able to use the seat; the copies that try to follow will be out of luck. This type of scheme is showing up more often, Kempe said.
If most tickets are on sale for $700 a seat, a ticket that’s on sale for $300 is far more attractive.
“But the likelihood of that $300 ticket — unless you know the person you are buying it from — the chances are it’s going to be a scam,” Kempe said.
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Kempe encouraged ticket hopefuls to pursue physical tickets — with watermarks, holograms, and other protective features — rather than electronically delivered, such as on a PDF printout.