How to Avoid Being a Victim of Concert Ticket Resale Fraud

The Cybernetic Police in CDMX presented recommendations to avoid fraudulent acts in pre-sale of tickets PHOTO: ARTEMIO GUERRA BAZ /CUARTOSCURO.COM

After living a long season in a pandemic, away from live shows and the arts as they are music, museums, plays, even movies and a long etcetera, the activities were gradually reincorporated into daily life, being sheltered with much encouragement by the fans.

Such is the case of the concerts that, for Mexico, it has received in recent dates an exorbitant amount of national and international artists of great renown, capable of summoning masses of fans in venues of up to more than 10 thousand people.

This, however, has not represented a lot of fun for everyone, since it also reactivated an activity known as the resale of accesses. Through social networks there have been numerous cases of people who, in search of their precious tickets, they were scammed by people dedicated to this activityor by vendors in web applications that promote it.

For this reason, personnel from the Cybernetic Police Unit, of the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) of Mexico City, released a monitoring and detection of cybercriminal activities in which apocryphal tickets are offered for massive events, mainly through social networks.

Ticket reselling became a digital problem after the pandemic. PHOTO: EDGAR NEGRETE/CUARTOSCURO.COM
Ticket reselling became a digital problem after the pandemic. PHOTO: EDGAR NEGRETE/CUARTOSCURO.COM

The foregoing, after they received various notices, including complaints in which fans sought to access tickets through such methods, most with promises of, for example, low costs.

However, when you have them in your hands and try to access at all costs the concert, sporting or cultural event of high demand, they couldn’t do it because it was fake tickets, activity they labeled as Phishing.

For this reason, the Cyber ​​Police Unit of the SSC issued the following recommendations to citizens who wish to purchase tickets through internet pages:

° Verify the authentication of sites or pages in which you navigate.

° Check that the pages do not have misspellings and that the graphic images are of good quality.

To prevent fraud in ticket resale from continuing to grow, it is important to report it. PHOTO: Iván Stephens/CUARTOSCURO.COM
To prevent fraud in ticket resale from continuing to grow, it is important to report it. PHOTO: Iván Stephens/CUARTOSCURO.COM

° Check the authenticity of a page and take into account that the URL begins with https:, the “S” at the end means that it is a site with encrypted communication or “a secure site”.

° There is no rule that applies to know if a site is totally safe from the security certificate, but having it is a point in its favor.

° If there are doubts about the veracity of a web page, take a screenshot or copy the URL to send it to the Cyber ​​Police, whose staff will help you identify fraudulent sites.

° Check the terms and conditions of the platforms or applications, before putting your assets, personal and banking data at risk.

° Check with online sales platforms to know if they have a legal association with said applications

° Install an antivirus on all devices used to browse the web, this to prevent them from being vulnerable to information theft.

° Verify the download statistics and opinions on the applications you want to install.

° Review the permits requested by providers to access personal information and other features of mobile devices.

Phishing is one of the most repetitive frauds that are developed through the resale of tickets. PHOTO: MARIO JASSO /CUARTOSCURO.COM
Phishing is one of the most repetitive frauds that are developed through the resale of tickets. PHOTO: MARIO JASSO /CUARTOSCURO.COM

If the person accessed one of these resale tickets, and was part of the phishingthen you can go to the appropriate authoritiesin this case the Public Ministry, where you must file a complaint about.

You can too contact the Cyber ​​Police to the email policia.cibernetica@ssc.cdmx.gob.mx or to the phone 5242 5100 ext. 5086. to report suspicious ads or irregular applications.

Available There are also complaints through the official social network accounts of this Secretariat on Twitter at @SSC_CDMX and @UCS_GCDMX, and on Facebook as Mexico City Police.

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How to Avoid Being a Victim of Concert Ticket Resale Fraud