Oh the shame. After years of booking tickets online, I have fallen for a fake website and the promise of a ticket to gig and given away 50 of my hard earned pounds to a crook in Budapest.
Last month, after an unexpected addition to our party going to see The Killers at Hard Rock Calling, I boastfully claimed I would be able find a ticket somewhere: “Don’t worry, I know some people that know some people.” This was obviously not true – my friends are all as useless as me when it comes to finding tickets for a sold-out concert. Rather than admit defeat so easily, I decided a to have a quick look online. Bingo – I stumbled across, Hyde Park Box Office – looks professional enough, with a decent url, and offering me tickets at face value. I snapped one up and told my friends, rather smugly, I had sorted the situation.
Fast forward a month, without a ticket the day before the event and with no response to my emails, I start to investigate. There is no contact number on the website. Alarm bells. Google hydeparkboxoffice – oh dear. Check credit card bill – money was taken by a company in Budapest. Oh dear, I’ve been scammed.
Lessons to be learnt: don’t leave the safety of ticketmaster and seetickets unless you really have to, a site you’ve never heard of is unlikely to be selling tickets to a sold out concert at face-value and perhaps most importantly don’t be a smart-arse.