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Swifties Beware! Hackettstown resident scammed after buying fake Taylor Swift concert tickets online

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Taylor Swift fan claimed she paid more than a thousand dollars and never received her concert tickets.

Through a police investigation it was determined that a 30-year-old Hackettstown woman was part of an online Facebook group and an individual in the group posted that they had Taylor Swift concert tickets for sale, police said.

The individual stated to text them for more information, which she did, and they provided an email address to send the $1,480 through Zelle to obtain the tickets, police siad.

Upon payment, the alleged seller has attempted to obtain more money from the victim. After sending the money, it was determined to be a scam as she has not received the tickets from the alleged seller, police siad.

Police officer these tips to avoid such scam:

  • Research Companies– If purchasing from a ticket reseller or event organizer, research them first. Avoid purchasing tickets from individuals who post on Craigslist or other online marketplaces.
  • Too Good to Be True– Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true and be cautious of enticing offers that are significantly less than the going rate.
  • Use Official Websites– When possible, use official band websites to purchase merchandise and authorized ticket brokers
  • Never Use Online Payment Methods, Prepaid Debit Cards, or Gift Cards as Payment– These forms of payment are often requested by scammers and once the money is gone, there is little recourse to get funds back. Opt to use a credit card on a secure website (look for HTTPS) as a payment method.

Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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