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How to Spot Fake Ticketmaster Tickets

Updated March 23, 2017

Buying concert or sporting-event tickets off the Internet can yield some great deals, but you have to be wary of sketchy characters looking to make a quick buck from selling bogus Ticketmaster tickets. Before you pull the trigger on the transaction, make sure your tickets are legitimate. You can look for a few telltale signs that will tell you if a ticket is good or not worth the paper it's printed on.

Examine the ticket's surface. A true Ticketmaster ticket has thin lamination that catches the light, something most fakes do not have.

Check the tickets against comparable tickets online to see if the pricing is legitimate. Some scammers may take legitimate tickets for bad seats and alter the section and row to make someone thinking he or she is getting a deal. If you know tickets in that section are selling for much higher than the face value you're seeing, don't buy the tickets.

Hold the ticket up in front of a strong light or even sunlight. The white Ticketmaster ticket should glow blue.

Check the ticket's general information to see if it's accurate. Check the performer, date and time to see if they all line up correctly.

Compare the ticket to an old Ticketmaster stub. Note changes in detail, such as a different font or strange type styles. You may even notice a random typo. These are warning signs that this ticket is a forgery.

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Based in the Washington, D.C., area, Dan Taylor has been a professional journalist since 2004. He has been published in the "Baltimore Sun" and "The Washington Times." He started as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia and now writes for "Inside the Navy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government with a journalism track from Patrick Henry College.