Fake concert ticket scheme rips off teens

Ads on Craigslist offer same tickets over and over for upcoming One Direction concert — and they are fakes.

These are fake tickets for the One Direction concert in Vancouver on July 27.

Editor: A number of people have been taken in by a concert ticket scam involving the upcoming One Direction concert on July 27.

My daughter answered an ad on Craigslist for One Direction tickets. The ad offered floor tickets, row 6, seats 5 and 6, for sale for $600. My daughter contacted the seller and was told they were still available. There was a hard copy with a receipt.

My daughter and husband made arrangements to meet a girl by the name of Sara at the Central City Mall in Surrey.  They met her, my husband checked out the tickets and felt they were real tickets and there was no fraud. They handed over the money and the exchange was made.

One week later, my daughter was on Craigslist just checking to see what else was being offered for sale. She noticed an ad offering exactly the same seats for sale for the same price. The posting had just been put up that day.

We contacted this girl on two different phones to ask if the tickets were still available and to confirm if they were in fact floor row 6, seats 5 and 6.

She confirmed this, and we arranged a meeting for the next day (which we did not go to). Instead, we called the police in the hopes that they would show up with us and have her arrested, or at least be able to help us out.

The police told us there was nothing they could do, unless there were more people who came forward who had bought the same tickets. I asked how we were to find more people that had fallen victim to this scam, as most people will not find out they have been scammed until they arrive at he concert and are not allowed in because the tickets are not real.

There is going to be a whole bunch of very devastated young teens and young adults.

These tickets are so real-looking that  when I went to Ticketmaster, they said they were the best copies they had ever seen. No wonder we were tricked.

The biggest thing which made the Ticketmaster rep realize that they were fake was that the event number on the top right of the ticket is EMG0727, and the actual event number is EGM0727.

The fakes ticket has the letters G and M reversed. I have attached a picture of the tickets and the receipt we were given.

I really hope that you will be able to help us get this out there before there are any more victims. The thought of all these girls being as disappointed as my daughter and her friend just breaks my heart.

These two 13-year-old girls worked very hard for this money and now it is gone and they have nothing.

Joanne Mierzejewski,

Langley

Editor’s note — Vancouver police have opened an investigation into fake One Direction tickets. Those who think they have been victimized by someone selling One Direction tickets can contact the Vancouver Police Department’s financial crimes unit at 604-717-2569.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: gunshots fired outside Langley gas station

Two people involved left scene uninjured, police said

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

VIDEO: Art in the time of COVID: how a Langley exhibition managed it

Holding the charitable event depended on which phase of restrictions were in effect

Three TWU grads named to first ‘Fellows’ program at Langley-based university

Program selects promising recent graduates to participate in a year-long paid internship

‘Each step is a prayer’: Ojibwe man will walk from Hope to Vancouver Island for Indigenous healing, reconciliation

James Taylor departs Sept. 20, returns to Saanich in five days for sacred fire

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Air quality advisory ends for the Lower Mainland

It had been in effect since Sept. 8

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Most Read