Two Victoria teens are warning fellow One Direction fans to be careful when browsing for Craigslist for tickets to the band’s July 27 concert in Vancouver.
They appear to be victims of the same scam that left a Langley teen devastated recently after finding out that the two tickets to the concert for which she and a friend paid a total of $500 are worthless fakes.
Victoria residents Courtney Heap and Danielle Wakelin bought two floor tickets to the coming show by the English-Irish pop boy band, at $200 apiece, from a seller in Vancouver who’d posted them on the classified-ad website Craigslist.
“When I saw them, I thought the [prices] seemed a bit low,” Heap, 18, said Sunday.
The teens had planned to go with Heap’s mother and sister to Vancouver and make a weekend trip out of it, staying in a hotel and going shopping.
Heap’s ticket had been bought as an early birthday present; her mother and Wakelin are now out $200 each.
A friend of Heap went to pick up the tickets, accompanying the seller to a Ticketmaster outlet to verify their authenticity.
While Ticketmaster wasn’t able to scan the tickets, the teller said the tickets appeared to be real.
The next day, Heap’s sister, Kelsey, noticed the same tickets for sale online. After texting the seller to see if they were available, she was sent a picture of the tickets as well as an apparently legitimate purchase receipt. They were identical to the tickets already bought by Wakelin and Courtney Heap.
The teens and their families have notified the RCMP, but also want to warn other Vancouver Island One Direction fans to be careful while hunting for tickets.
Last week, Joanne Mierzejewski of Langley complained that her teenage daughter and a friend were victimized in exactly the same way.
Surrey RCMP are investigating.
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