Cold­play fans duped by fake tick­ets in Mon­treal

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Many Cold­play fans in Mon­treal hop­ing to catch their fi­nal show in the city Wed­nes­day night were turned away, the victims of an ap­par­ent on­line fake ticket scam. Mon­treal po­lice said Thurs­day they re­ceived 17 com­plaints at a down­town po­lice sta­tion near the Bell Centre. One of the duped fans said oth­ers she met who’d also been hood­winked had sim­i­lar sto­ries: they’d seen ad­ver­tise­ments on pop­u­lar clas­si­fied site Ki­jiji and had met a man in per­son for the ex­change. Mon­treal po­lice Const. Manuel Cou­ture said it was too early in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to say whether all of the cases are linked to a single sus­pect. Po­lice ad­vise that when buy­ing tick­ets, peo­ple should go through the proper sources. “We rec­om­mend buy­ing tick­ets from the of­fi­cial pro­moter to min­i­mize the risk,” Cou­ture said. “Buy­ing per­son to per­son through clas­si­fied sites al­ways poses an in­creased fraud risk.”

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