OMAHA (KPTM)- There's been more hot-ticket shows in Omaha lately.
With those sold out performances, tickets are in high demand, and scams are too.
"Craigslist, Ebay, and different things like that are kind of like the world's garage sale," said Chad Carr, with Ticket Express.
Carr said when big acts come to town, he hears of more ticket scams than ever. "There's just never a 100 percent sure way to find out if that ticket is legitimate or not," said Carr.
It's a lesson Ben Degagne had to learn the hard way.
"He wasn't really making eye contact with me or anything like that. He let me check out the tickets and I looked at the Ticket Master print outs," said Degagne.
Degagne had posted an ad on Craigslist, looking for tickets to the sold out Luke Bryan show. Degagne said one man messaged him back, saying he had tickets-for cheap.
"His girlfriend and him got into a fight-and he was just going to take the loss and sell them for much cheaper," said Degagne.
Degagne paid $80 for two tickets, well below the market value.
"If they're wanting to sell something significantly below the market value-that's usually the red flag," said Degagne,
Unfortunately, besides a large mark down, there isn't an easy way to spot a fake ticket, said Carr.
"Scammers will have a lot of things right, but they will miss things. They will miss like the date of the show, or they'll put a section on the ticket that isn't a real section," said Carr.
Carr said the best thing to do is be thorough. He said make sure to check the date on the ticket, the section and row numbers, and spelling. He suggested to even look up the seller on facebook, something Degagne did too late.
"Afterwards, I drove by his car and realized there was no front, no rear license plate. I looked at the name on the tickets and facebooked the tickets and it didn't come out to be anybody that appeared real," said Degagne.
Degagne said when he got to the concert, he found that the tickets had already been used and he was out $80.
"They told us that the tickets had been used and there was a lot of fakes going around," said Degagne after talking with police.
Carr said to avoid being a victim, never pay in cash. He recommended using a credit card instead of a debit card.
"A credit card itself is easier to protest the charges," said Carr.
Carr said, also ask for a driver's license or photo ID from the seller. "Make sure people are being safe, not only with their money, but aware of their surroundings as well."
Written By: Maureen Wurtz
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