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Fraud linked to Taylor Swift concert tickets

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Taylor Swift in concert in Texas in March 2023. She will perform in Vancouver on December 6, 7 and 8, 2024. (File photo)

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in North Vancouver are calling for vigilance after online scams occurred related to the sale of Taylor Swift concert tickets.

In a press release released Thursday, the RCMP said it had received two reports from people who made payments by electronic transfer to a seller who had posted an ad for tickets on the online sales site Facebook Marketplace. The victims never received the tickets.

In both cases, the seller stopped communicating after payment, blocking the victim's account or deleting their fake account.

The RCMP says other similar scams have been reported in the Lower Mainland and elsewhere in Canada.

In one case, police say the victim transferred $1,020 to purchase tickets and received an email with an Apple Wallet attachment. However, she did not receive any real instructions for a transfer to the Ticketmaster site. The seller then stopped responding.

In the other case, the victim transferred $1,400 to the Facebook Marketplace seller for four tickets, then was asked to transfer another $400, which she did. The tickets were emailed to her, but she was not given an access code to transfer them. Once again, the seller then stopped responding.

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Police recommend avoiding buying tickets at unknown, especially on Facebook Marketplace and the Craigslist website. She advises avoiding sending money via wire transfer unless you know the seller.

More generally, the RCMP recommends that transactions take place in a public place. In the release, she suggests using a designated safe zone located outside the North Vancouver RCMP detachment at 147 East 14th Street.

Scammers try to create a sense of urgency to take advantage of the situation. Take the time to do your due diligence. If it's too good to be true, it probably is, the statement said.

With information by Michelle Gomez

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