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How to avoid buying a fake ticket for an event?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhen deciding to attend an event at the last moment, people often end up in a situation when tickets are either already sold out or their price is too high. Often people look up offers posted on social media. To help people avoid buying fake or expired tickets, Biļešu Serviss administrative director Liga Rubine offers some advice on how to avoid fraud.

According to Liga Rubine, it is currently possible to purchase three kinds of tickets for events in Latvia – paper tickets available in ticket offices, PDF tickets that are sent to the buyer’s e-mail address after purchase and electronic tickets. «People should be especially careful when buying PDF tickets, because unlike other two kinds of tickets they do not have any counterfeit protection. Although each ticket has a unique ID number that can be checked in ticket trade offices, whether or not the ticket is valid is only possible to determine right before you enter an event, as each ticket is scanned before approval. Unfortunately, if a PDF ticket was printed multiple times and someone uses it before you, the ticket you have will no longer be valid,» – explains the expert.

«Tickets bought from official stores are much harder to counterfeit, because they have a number of counter-measures. These tickets are printed using a special kind of thermal paper with built-in hologram image. Biļešu Serviss also applies its logo to each issued ticket. Warming the ticket in your hands makes the logo visible,» – explains BS administrative director.

When buying tickets from third parties, it is necessary to pay attention to the price. «An unbelievably low price could mean the ticket is fake. Often dishonest sellers use people’s recklessness and lack of attention and sell tickets for discount groups – students and pensioners – for a lower price. When buying such a ticket, the buyer should keep in mind that it will be necessary to show not only the ticket, but also a document proving his or her membership is a specific discount group. If a person does not have such a document, he or she will be refused entry to the event,» – warns Liga Rubine.

She also advised not taking any photos of the tickets and posting them on social media. Fraudsters could use the image to forge a ticket of their own and enter the event before you.


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