As excitement mounts for Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated Australian leg of The Eras Tour, the government is issuing a stern warning to South Australians to beware of ticket scams circulating online.
With fans eager to secure last-minute tickets, authorities are cautioning against falling prey to deceptive offers from unscrupulous individuals on social media platforms. The government urges citizens to exercise vigilance and avoid being duped by fraudulent ticket sellers.
“These scammers are fearless, so don’t fall for pretty lies offering Taylor Swift tickets on social media,” Minister for Consumer and Business Affairs, Andrea Michaels, says.
“Avoid a screaming, crying, perfect storm and only buy tickets from the authorised reseller, Ticketek Marketplace. I hope karma catches up with these masterminds trying to pull a hoax on fans and I encourage anyone who comes across this scam to report it to Scamwatch.”
Reports to the ACCC’s Scamwatch reveal a concerning trend, with the majority of complaints originating from New South Wales and Victoria, where the pop sensation is set to perform. While South Australia has seen a smaller number of reports, multiple instances have been flagged, totalling 273 reports nationwide.
The financial toll of these scams is staggering, with victims collectively losing over $135,000 to deceitful perpetrators. South Australians alone have reported losses amounting to $2,500, underscoring the severity of the issue.
Scammers employ various tactics, including posting fake tickets for sale in public groups and hacking genuine accounts to deceive unsuspecting friends. Their intent is clear: to swindle money from eager fans and disappear without a trace.
To mitigate the risk of falling prey to scams, authorities recommend purchasing tickets exclusively from authorised resellers like Ticketek Marketplace. By adhering to this advice, fans can ensure the authenticity of their tickets and avoid the heartache of being scammed.
Please report it to Scamwatch HERE.