Opening Nights warning against ticket fraud ahead of upcoming performances

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 21, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Buyers beware at Florida State; Opening Nights is warning against ticket fraud ahead of this season.

The performance arts group says tickets bought through a second party may not get you in the door.

It was just a few weeks ago that dozens of students were scammed out of tickets to the sold out FSU/Notre Dame basketball game; people who bought tickets online but weren't allowed inside.

Opening Nights says while this hasn't happened at sold out shows yet, it's a growing concern as turnout continues to grow.

"Our experience with Kristin Chenoweth and the Beach Boys, two sold out performances, was we all of a sudden started seeing online sales opportunities for people to purchase tickets," said Michael Blachly with Opening Nights. "Somebody bought the tickets from us at face value, turned around and was selling them at five times the face value."

Opening Nights administration says there are no guarantees for tickets sold through a broke or second party. They say once a ticket has been scanned, it cannot be used again.

The group says there is no way of monitoring if tickets sold through a second party have been duplicates.

"It's getting harder and harder because software enables people who are looking for ways around using the straight box office to create a ticket site that looks like the home site, it looks like everything you would expect, the problem is it's not," Blachly said.

Last year, Opening Nights says shows were about 75% sold out and this year, they expect that number to be higher.

The State Attorney General's Office does offer some tips to avoid scams, but they say to buy tickets directly form a venue, use a credit card when possible and try to avoid unusually high, or unusually low, prices.

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