Hype for upcoming Guns N’ Roses concert in Regina can lead to ticket scams

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WATCH ABOVE: It could be the biggest concert of the year. Guns N' Roses will be headlining the new Mosaic Stadium in August. In just hours, tickets for the public will go on sale. But as Christa Dao warns, there can be scams out there – Dec 8, 2016

For Guns N’ Roses fans in Regina, their patience has paid off as the rock band has announced they will be playing at the new Mosaic Stadium on Aug. 27, 2017.

But with the increasing hype, there have already been numerous websites popping up for resell tickets. Evraz Place is warning the public to exercise caution.

Paula Kohl, director of marking and communications at Evraz Place, said ticket scams happen far too often.

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She explained that people will purchase tickets from other websites online or from scalpers, and then arrive at the event only to find out their ticket is actually counterfeit.

“We get a handful of people that show up with tickets that have already been scanned,” she said.

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Kohl advises anyone buying tickets to buy from a reputable site like Ticketmaster or it’s official fan-to-fan reseller site.

With the amount of  unverified websites out there, it’s wise to check and double check. She said there is no recourse for people if they get ripped off.

“We’re not able to help them because they’re not purchased through Ticketmaster, they’re not a valid ticket,” she said.

For some Guns N’ Roses diehard fans Global News spoke with, buying from a sketchy site isn’t a risk they’re willing to take.

Former Global Regina sports anchor Derek Meyers has been a fan for longer than he cares to admit. He said he’s been waiting for a long time to see the band.

“When you talk about patience, I’ve been waiting since 1993 ’cause that’s when they were touring the first time around,” he laughed.

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He’s among the tens of thousands of people expected at the August concert. He purchased his tickets with a special access code earlier this week.

“I think I would be a little nervous using some other resellers because you just don’t know,” Meyers said.

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“I’d definitely, any chance I get, use the verified ticket seller, there’s no question.”

Other fans like Jordan St. Onge have also exercised caution when buying tickets. St. Onge said he got his tickets through Ticketmaster during the presale.

“[It’s] just the secure factor. You don’t want to get fraudulent tickets right? You don’t want to be out of your money and it’s always a bit of a risk going online,” St. Onge said.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. Buyers with special codes already have access to presale tickets.

In September, Edmonton police put out a warning about fraudulent Keith Urban tickets being sold online. Police believed 38 tickets to the concert were stolen, and the suspects then sold some of those tickets online.

Police said the stolen tickets will not work at the concert.


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