Real Stories - Online Shopping


  Decrease Text Size Increase Text Size

Unusual payment scam - Facebook ticket seller

I attempted to buy tickets for a comedy festival and this person had various tickets available. I agreed to purchase two off him for $300, and he insisted I pay using gift cards as it was 'safe' after I asked to use PayPal. I purchased three $100 gift cards, and within two minutes of purchase sent the information to him. The cards were redeemed and he instantly blocked and deleted me off Facebook. Has since made a 'new' Facebook account to offer to sell me the tickets for $150. He also refused to refund me any money at all.

Signs this was a scam

The unusual payment method is a sign that this was a scam.
If anyone demands payment by gift card β€” such as iTunes, Google Play, Steam, Amazon, pre-loaded money cards or pre-paid debit cards β€” it’s a scam.

Avoid this type of scam
  • Buy tickets from an authorized retailer β€” this is the safest option.
  • Be cautious about purchasing tickets online through social media from people you don't know.

eFraud Prevention™, LLC