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Beliebers beware: Those online ticket deals might be too good to be true!
Justin Bieber's "Believe" tour doesn't hit Ottawa for another three months, but online scammers are already taking advantage of the pop singer's devoted fans in our nation's capital.
The concert, not surprisingly, sold out Ottawa's Scotiabank Place in under an hour. Also not surprisingly, ads soon popped up on sites like Kijiji and Craigslist selling tickets for the show. One Ottawa DJ even paid $400 to a "Montreal mother" who said she found better tickets for herself, her daughter, and her two cousins and was selling her old ones. They never arrived.
"I feel duped ... I had a gut feeling, but it sounded legit, it sounded too good to be true," said 22-year-old Jason Taillon. He might feel like a sucker, but he's not the only one. Others have also reported getting swindled by Bieber ticket scammers to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Online fraudsters are nothing new. Some simply post ads for tickets that don't exist or report them as stolen so they won't work at the front gate. And with legions of fans so determined to catch the Biebs live, especially in his home country, consumers need to be extra careful to avoid being easy prey.
The best way to get tickets to any show is to buy directly from the vendor in person, says the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. We also recommend making the lineup to buy tickets an occasion for a slumber party (why not?).
But for those unlucky fans who can't seem to get their hands on the golden tickets, there's always the tour DVD!