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How to Recognize, Discourage and Avoid Ticket Fraud on Social Media

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For anybody in the live music industry, social media is a must-have tool. It’s the main method for the audience to interact with your shows, as well as how you connect with your fans. But there’s a downside to social media’s popularity. Scammers have swarmed to social networks, particularly Facebook Events, in order to dupe dedicated fans who missed out on show tickets by selling bogus event passes.

It’s critical that everyone in the business understands the telltale signs of a fraudster attempting to sell tickets they don’t own. By detecting these indicators of online ticket fraud, you may improve concert protection while lowering the chance of fraudulent tickets for your event.

 In posts and comments, there is often a lack of natural language.

The tell-tale sign of an online ticket scam is that the seller frequently uses language that seems strange. While grammatical perfection isn’t required on social media, certain words might clue you in to fraud. You can also use Google Keyword Planner to find out what keywords the seller is targeting. For example, if you notice that the seller uses particular words or phrases that seem unusual — even though English isn’t their primary language. If you discover that this odd language is used in many postings or comments from various sellers, it’s likely you’ve encountered a ticket scammer.

Look out for misspelled words while researching online ticket sales. While we all make mistakes in spelling, if the name of the event, artist, or venue is incorrectly spelt, it might indicate that the ticket was generated through fraudulent means.

 It’s all about the profile specifics.

You’ve discovered a fantastic ticket offer on the internet, but you don’t want to get taken advantage of. Do some research on the vendor before sending any money or purchasing the tickets. Check the seller’s social media presence and avoid anyone who doesn’t have a picture or has a blank profile. No biographical information, a profile that doesn’t include the city they reside in, where they’re from, or anything else is suspicious. You want to be sure you are buying from a real human. workplace, relationships, photos and posts are all indications of a real profile. It’s essentially a clean profile with only minor variations in the profile and cover photo. It’s quite probable that they made an artificial account to carry out their online ticket scam.

Pay attention to how the ticket vendor wants to communicate with you. In a ticket scam, the seller is likely to be pushy and request that you contact him or her immediately and directly, perhaps even off of the website where the tickets are being offered. You might be given a strange URL in order to pay. If it sounds too good to be true, it is probably a scam. 

There may be no such thing as too much information when it comes to fraud detection. Neither off-kilter English nor curious-looking data is enough on its own to identify a scam. If the facts don’t fall together — and something doesn’t feel quite right – trust your instincts.

Prevent frauds from reaching your audience.

If you operate a venue or host shows, keep an eye on social media (especially your Facebook events) frequently and closely. If you’ve sold out your high-profile event, be extra cautious; impostor ticket sites for your event and event ticket frauds are probable and more likely.

to prevent your audience from seeing them, remove fraudulent postings as soon as they appear. Keep a closer eye on things as the event draws near, since scammers will be more likely to operate when fans are most eager. While you’ll undoubtedly be busy on the day of the event organizing details, don’t allow scammers take advantage of it. Scammers will frequently post in the days leading up to an event and on the day of the event as a last-ditch effort to defraud prospective attendees. Report suspicious postings to social media security sources.

Then, to make sure fans aren’t taken advantage of, go one step further. Use a ticketing platform that provides verified resale services to partner with them. For example, Eventbrite works with Lyte, a secondary ticketing partner that aims to make the process of transferring tickets to fans who can’t attend a show and fans who missed the initial sale easy and safe. Fans will have no motivation to take risks on suspicious-looking transactions once they know they can trust a trustworthy venue to buy and sell theirs.

Discover additional methods to prevent internet ticket fraud in this section. QR codes can also be used to scan tickets, making it more difficult for fraudsters to fake them. Make it clear where you’re selling tickets when marketing your event so that people don’t get confused and end up on phony sites. You may also recommend reputable ticket resale companies to protect consumers from fraudulent ticket sites.

Fraudulent ticket sales can have a negative impact on both potential attendees and the reputation of your event, regardless of who is responsible. Don’t forget that ticket fraud can happen for both online events and in-person performances, so learn how to secure your next event. Then, use these strategies to keep yourself safe from ticket scammers by learning how to prevent ticket fraud.

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A YouTuber from Utah has been arrested and charged with accepting fraudulent claims from AAA.

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A hurricane man known for a popular YouTube channel called “Matt’s Off Road Recovery” has been charged with insurance fraud and accused of defrauding AAA through his firm, Winder Towing.

The arraignment for Matthew David Wetzel, 46, who was charged in late October with one count of making a false or fraudulent insurance claim, a second degree felony, is scheduled for next week. AAA is accused of paying more than $15,000 to Winder Towing in order to cover allegations made with known misrepresentations between January 2019 and August 2020.

According to charging papers, the Utah Insurance Fraud Division was contacted by a consumer with a complaint about AAA. After an investigation, the division determined that many of the claims made to AAA had significant errors regarding the claimed services or tow locations, according to court documents.

In one case, AAA covered three claims for a vehicle tow to Salt Lake City, totaling $2,800. The claim recipient told the Utah Insurance Fraud Division that his automobiles were not towed as he had stated in the claims. The individual agreed to receive construction supplies from Wetzel and the unnamed person submitted claims to AAA instead of paying Wetzel directly, according to the allegations.

According to the allegations, Wetzel accepted responsibility for fraudulent claims in a phone conversation, stating that he had supplied towing services to the individual on separate occasions and asking him to file an AAA claim rather of requesting payment or billing the customer at the time of service.

According to the complaint, Wetzel also allegedly stated that he would provide services without immediately billing the person, then later ask them to submit a claim.

“According to the investigator, Wetzel said he never completed a project that did not have a real service associated with it,” according to the report.

In another case, charging documents claim that Wetzel assisted with a tow for someone who did not have an AAA membership. According to the complaint, Wetzel advised the individual to join AAA, wait a few days before filing a claim, and so on. The paperwork claims Wetzel advised the customer to obtain an AAA membership, wait a few days before filing a claim, and so on. According to authorities in Apple Valley, California, charges were filed for a tow from Las Vegas to Washington County when the actual tow was from Apple Valley.

The third instance of fraud charged in the accusations was for an off-road tow of a Polaris RZR, which is not covered by AAA, according to the document. The owner of the RZR reportedly utilized his buddy’s AAA membership and stated that Wetzel’s business towed a truck rather than the RZR.

Video of the tow and Wetzel speaking to the owners was recorded, according on the paper, then posted to Wetzel’s YouTube channel, which features videos of off-road tows.

The channel has nearly 900,000 subscribers.

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A Norwegian YouTuber is said to have perished after tumbling into a lake while on a filming journey — only days before his 57th birthday in a video.

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According to reports and a Facebook post from his reported partner, the Norwegian YouTuber known as “apetor,” whose real name is Tor Eckhoff, died after he fell into an ice lake while on a trip to shoot a video.

According to the Norwegian news source Verdans Gang, an American-born Norwegian died on Saturday after he fell into the water at Jakobs Dam near Kongsberg on Friday. He was 57 years old.

Eckhoff, a well-known YouTuber who has more than 1.2 million followers and 389 million views on YouTube, posted videos of his adventures in Norway, frequently skating on frozen lakes and showcasing animal encounters and picturesque landscapes.

Eckhoff’s most recent video, which was posted on November 22, is titled “I am Not Dead, I am 57 Today,” and it’s written in English. Over the last five years since he was 53, Eckhoff has uploaded a birthday video with a similar name to commemorate his age.

According to Verdens Gang, Eckhoff lived with Tove Skjerven, who stated in a Facebook post on the “apetor” page on Sunday that Eckhoff was going on a vacation to film himself ice skating for a video.

Skjerven wrote in the blog, which is in English, that divers rescued Eckhoff from the cold water and took him to a hospital. Despite efforts to save his life, he died on Saturday after doctors “turned off all the machines that had kept your body going,” Skjerven wrote.

On Saturday, police in Norway’s South-East Police District said that firefighters had rescued a man in his 50s from Kongsberg who had fallen through the ice into the water and that a rescue helicopter was transporting him to Ullevål hospital.

The South-East Police District declined to answer questions, stating that it is “unable to discuss an ongoing investigation.”

In his “About” section on his YouTube channel, Eckhoff stated that he was born in 1964, resides in the coastal city of Sandefjord, and works as a painter. He claimed to have gained 200,000 subscribers in August 2018 and 1 million followers last December, according to the page. According to the profile, the channel was established in October 2006; only a year after 2005 when the platform opened.

In his most recent video, which has been viewed over 1 million times and liked 57,000 times, Eckhoff joyfully guzzled alcohol while strolling around outside kissing a tree and lying in a tub of murky water. People are mourning him by commenting that they’re remembering all the time they spent watching his videos and hoping he “rests in peace.”

Skjerven was also well-known on Instagram, where he had 66,000 followers and posted images from his travels. Skjerven did not respond to a request for comment.

Our hearts go out to the friends and family of apetor, who passed away tragically this weekend. our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

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Customers were defrauded by the Chanel advent calendar.

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TikTok users have exposed the low-cost items that Chanel included in their advent calendar.

Customers were defrauded by the Chanel advent calendar. Tiktok users have exposed the low-cost items that Chanel included in their 2021 advent calendar. Over the past few days, TikTok videos have been surfacing of the Coco Chanel advent calendar, a calendar that’s worth over $800. Although, the gifts included have not been equalling to a value of $800.

A TikTok user, @eliseharmon shared videos of her opening the product, only to be disappointed. Each video she has shared have reached over 7 million views, while the numbers are increasing.

She found that the majority of the items were low-cost and not worth the $800 price tag. Items included in the advent calendar are; a plastic bracelet made with cheap string, stickers, temporary tattoos, and more stickers.

The only valuable items to be shown are 2 red lipsticks and 1 nail polish.

Fans have now taken it upon themselves to call out to Chanel, demanding refunds and telling them they need to release a better advent calendar. Over the past two days, Chanel received intense backlash through TikTok and deleted their account. Throughout Instagram, backlash comments are on the rise.

Chanel has yet to make a comment on the products and the videos that’ve been released.  Although, they continue to try and monitor comments through Instagram, and are trying to delete them as they roll in.

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