Australians are being warned to be careful for pretend ticket scams after a Melbourne man forked out extra $600 for tickets that by no means arrived.
Patrick, from Glenroy in Melbourne’s north, paid for live performance tickets from a resale web site that by no means arrived and which have been promoting for a lot much less by a reseller.
The Victorian Authorities issued a contemporary warning over ticket scams forward of a packed occasions schedule, which incorporates the Australian Open.
The warning comes because the Authorities stated Shopper Affairs Victoria acquired greater than 1100 reviews regarding ticket resales within the 2021-22 monetary 12 months.
They reminded Victorians that they’re protected by Australian Shopper Legislation after they purchase tickets to occasions, which requires on-line ticket resellers to reveal that they’re a reseller and reveal the unique worth of the ticket.
The Authorities stated there have been 4 easy steps Victorians ought to take note when they’re shopping for a ticket to an occasion by a resale web site.
They stated folks ought to maintain digital data of tickets like receipts, emails and financial institution data in case a chargeback must be lodged at a later date, and to learn the phrases and circumstances earlier than shopping for.
Researching the resale web site and its opinions and looking out the resellers ABN to see in the event that they have been a registered Australian enterprise have been additionally suggested.
Minister for Shopper Affairs, Danny Pearson, stated nobody ought to miss an occasion due to a scammer.
“I urge everybody to do their analysis to make sure resale websites are respectable earlier than buying tickets and keep away from the ache of lacking out on an occasion you’ve been wanting ahead to,” Mr Pearson stated.
“All occasion organisers and ticketing businesses ought to have contingency plans and perceive their obligations if issues don’t go as anticipated,” he stated.
“Victoria is the nation’s occasions capital – nobody ought to miss out on our unrivalled providing for reside sport and music due to a scammer.”