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Province warning about fake tickets to concerts

With tickets going on sale for the Shania Twain concert on Friday in Saskatoon, the province is warning fans to be careful of fraudsters or scalpers who may leave them out in the cold.
With tickets going on sale for the Shania Twain concert on Friday in Saskatoon, the province is warning fans to be careful of fraudsters or scalpers who may leave them out in the cold. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

With tickets going on sale for the Shania Twain concert on Friday in Saskatoon, the province is warning fans to be careful of fraudsters or scalpers who may leave them out in the cold.

The Consumer Protection Division of the Financial Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is warning consumers about the risk of fraudulent tickets or overpriced tickets listed by resellers.

They say the best way to ensure you are paying fair price for a legitimate ticket is to only buy from a primary seller, typically Ticketmaster.

Third-party sellers profit by using automated bots to quickly scoop up tickets and sell them for a higher price than face value.

Red Flags

  • Tickets listed without specific seat numbers
  • Tickets listed in U.S. dollar amount for a Canadian show

Protect yourself – Buy with a credit card

  • If you buy from a resale site, it may be easier to get a refund by purchasing tickets with a credit card compared to cash or debit.

48 hour restriction on advertising and sales

  • It is illegal for a reseller to sell, advertise or list any tickets to an event in Saskatchewan unless the tickets are in the person’s possession or control.
  • It is also illegal for the reseller to sell, advertise or list any ticket for sale until at least 48 hours after the tickets to the same event were made available to the general public.

If consumers see a reseller breaking the rules or have a complaint, contact the consume protection division toll free at 1-880-5550 or email them at consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca

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