Maroon 5 is one of the hottest tickets to acquire today. But for a group of fifty or so Adam Levine die-hards in Canada, all they ended up with was getting locked out of the concert thanks to a fiendish ticket scam.
Maroon 5 fans in British Columbia, Canada all purchased their tickets through resellers on the popular website Craigslist after the concert sold out. Craigslist has been known to house scammers posing as legitimate entrepreneurs, but to many, including Adam Levine fan Laura Fowler, their transaction seemed 100 percent legitimate.
“I met up with a young lady who seemed totally normal,” Fowler told CBC News. “I never thought she would have been scamming me, I was very naive there I suppose.”
When she tried to enter Rodgers Arena using her tickets, Fowler was quickly turned away, along with a few dozen other unfortunate Maroon 5 fans who also got duped. “To see there were 50 other people there, I didn’t feel so stupid, because I wasn’t the only one.”
Indeed, CBC News indicated that counterfeit tickets at Rodgers Arena are a “major problem,” as ticket scammers make it almost impossible to tell which tickets are legit and which ones are fake.
Global News meanwhile confirmed this epidemic, one that Vancouver Police Department is hoping to work with concert goers to help thwart in the future. “The VPD supports purchasing tickets through a legitimate retailer and avoid using second hand selling sites as buyers have little recourse if they are duped out their cash,” Sgt. Randy Fincham told the website. “There is a high probability that if you are purchasing tickets through such a site, they will be counterfeit.”
Fincham also indicated that there are ways for fans to help catch these thieves. “Obtaining legitimate identification from the seller, meeting in a public place with video surveillance and having tickets electronically transferred to your account [all help]. But of course nothing is foolproof. Criminals are also getting extremely sophisticated with their reproductions and it is getting more difficult to tell the real tickets from the fakes.”
Adam Levine and Maroon 5 are in the middle of one of their most successful tours in recent years, all in support of their latest album V, which has yielded top 5 hits aplenty since being released in September of 2014. As reported by the Inquistr, Adam and company are also receiving high marks for their performances on stage as well.
According to the Maroon 5 website, their tour finds the band performing in California this week before departing for Paris and London next month. Hopefully, fans of Adam Levine and Maroon 5 will not have to deal with ticket scams overseas.
[Adam Levine, Maroon 5 photo credit: David Becker Getty Images]