Have you ever been scammed while booking a ticket online for your favourite show? Many of us who wake up late to the offers turn to online resellers, vendors or smartphone apps. And that’s where the scams happen. Fake sites out to steal your personal and banking information lurk in these dark corners.
Norton’s global ‘Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report’ released in November 2015 found that more than 2 million individuals in the UAE have experienced some form of cyber-attack. The cost of such breaches amounted to over Dh 4.9 billion.
So, how do you avoid these pitfalls?
‘Checking if these sources are certified is important in order to avoid ticket scams or online hacks,’ says Tamim Taufiq, Head of Norton by Symantec in the Middle East.
So, what kind of scams should fans look out for while booking tickets online for events or concerts?
Here’s what Tamim advises:
Look out for fake websites
Various fake websites will pose as legitimate ticket vendors while attempting to steal financial information. To ensure that you are not being scammed, either look for trust marks such as the Norton secured seal to verify that the site can be trusted or navigate directly to the event’s social media page. Be wary of any message that asks you to fill out a form or provide any personal information.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Unreasonably good deals with low prices are most likely scams. One should always be cautious of special offer VIP, early bird or free tickets in general. These sort of scams can also show up on social networking sites like Facebook as well.
If you’re purchasing your ticket online be on the lookout for spam phishing emails for fake refunds. It could look like it’s from a legitimate vendor and say something like ‘wrong transaction’ or ‘click for refund’ but the culprits just want you to click through, surrender your details or open your device up to malware.