BBB offer tips to avoid being scammed by rising trend of fake event tickets

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by Jasmine Huda / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

 (KMOV) – Following a News 4 investigation into a con artist caught selling fake concert tickets; authorities say they are seeing an increase in ticket rip-off cases.

The  soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea made Busch Stadium the place to be for soccer fans as well as con artists. The Better Business Bureau said more than two dozen counterfeit tickets were sold.

News 4 reported on a St. Ann woman, Desiree Townsend, who was charged with using Craigslist to sell fake Bruno Mars concert tickets.

Those counterfeit tickets were reported either lost or stolen when victims arrived at the Scottrade Center which the BBB called a clever tactic.

Bill Smith with the BBB said if Desiree reported the tickets stolen, she can say “it’s out of my hands; it’s something I don’t have control over. Someone else must have made the copies, if there were copies made.”

The BBB said people should buy tickets for baseball games, concerts or other big events from the venue itself or an authorized ticket seller for the venue. The ticket prices may be a little higher but they will be legit.

Desiree Townsend has a bond reduction hearing scheduled for next week. 

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