Sask. woman loses $500 in Taylor Swift ticket Facebook scam

Sask.  woman loses $500 in Taylor Swift ticket Facebook scam

Taylor Swift’s hugely popular Eras Tour is one of the hardest shows to find tickets for.

Today, scammers are trying to use the popularity of the tour to their advantage.

In a new type of scam, scammers pretend to be their victims’ Facebook “friends” and ask them to put down a deposit for Taylor Swift tickets before taking the money.

Christy Garn said her aunt fell victim to the scam and lost $500 as a result.

Garn said that someone hacked the Facebook account of one of his aunt’s co-workers and made a post saying that she had Swift tickets available.

“My auntie just went ahead and jumped right into it, and said she wanted them,” explained Garn. “He contacted me and told me about it. I was working, so I was very busy, and unfortunately did not have enough time to ask my aunt many questions.

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Garn said he wished he could talk to his aunt in detail before he sent any money, just so she could ask him a few more questions about the post.

“He never spoke to this woman in person or face to face — only on Facebook,” Garn said.

“Scammers trick people into believing it’s one of your close friends or family so you’ll trust them.”

Garn said his aunt sent $500 as a deposit to hold the tickets.

“There were four tickets and this lady wanted $2,000 for all four tickets which, honestly, seemed too good to be true,” Garn said.

Garn said that when he found out that his aunt did not talk to the person who made the post personally, he had a gut feeling that it might be a scam.

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“He contacted the girl through her phone number, and she found out it wasn’t her. Her account was hacked,” he said.

Matthew Bradford of the Saskatoon Police Service’s Economic Crime Section said he’s seen Taylor Swift ticket scams before, but none of them were through Facebook.

“I saw online buy-and-sell reports surrounding Taylor Swift concert tickets,” said Bradford. “I’ve seen reports where people noticed their Facebook accounts were compromised and then their friends were being asked for money.”

Bradford cautions people to be careful when sending money online, especially if the situation seems suspicious.

“I encourage people not to send money before they know something is real or have seen it themselves,” Bradford said.

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