You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:
- DEAL LOCALLY WITH PEOPLE YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts on TicketChoice.
- NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
- FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
- TicketChoice IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification".
- NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, tax file number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.).
- AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
Australian Online Fraud Reporting
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
If you suspect that a TicketChoice post may be part of a scam, please send us the details.
Most scams involve one or more of the following:
- Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country.
- Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee".
- Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consummating transaction.
Examples of Scams
Most scams involve one or more of the following:
- Someone claims that TicketChoice or Ebay will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that TicketChoice will handle or provide protection for a payment.
- These claims are fraudulent, as TicketChoice does not have any role in any transaction.
- Scammer will often send an official looking email that appears to come from TicketChoice, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services -- all such emails are fakes!
- Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check
- You receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your item, or rent your apartment, sight unseen.
- Cashier's check is offered for your sale item, as a deposit for an apartment, or for your services.
- Value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item - scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
- Banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
- Scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc).
- Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
- Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
- Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere.
- Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low, rent is below market, etc.
- Distant person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money:
- This is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's check is FAKE.
- Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not.
- Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check.
- Deal often seems too good to be true.
- Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service.
- Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers.
- For more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud".
- Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods
- He says he trusts you with the partial payment.
- He may say he has already shipped the goods.
- Deal often sounds too good to be true.
- Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds
- foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly.
- you are typically offered a percentage of payments received.
- this kind of "position" may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email.
Actual scam emails sent to TicketChoice users:
The seller contacted us with a little problem. He can't complete the transaction trough Pay Pal. Like you saw in the invoice he has an account in our custody and a Refund Request is available. We inform you that you must to go at the nearest MoneyGram office in your city to make the payment with cash. We chosen this payment method because is the only way in which you can complete this transaction. The MoneyGram agents will explain you how to make the payment.
After you will complete, you have to email us the following details:
1) 8-digit Reference Number;
2) Name and address on file with MoneyGram of the sender ;
3) Name and address on file with MoneyGram of the receiver;
4) Exact amount sent;
After we will receive these details the delivery will start soon and in 24 hours you will receive the tickets. After you will receive the tickets and you will confirm us that you are satisfied, we will email the payment details to the seller.
Please contact us at: email@example.com ,regarding the payment details.
ATTENTION: DO NOT SHARE THE PAYMENT DETAILS TO THE SELLER !!!
Brad, Did you received the invoice from eBay ?... I already paid all taxes with my credit card so you have a free delivery...
The only way that I will make this transaction is through eBay protection. My first option was to make this transaction through paypal but I'm recently divorced and my pay pal account was registered on my wife's name, I can't create an account yet because all credit cards are on her name. So I contacted eBay to tell them this problem and eBay chosen this payment method, because this is the only way to finish this deal under eBay protection, and fast.
Like you saw in the invoice the payment must be in person with cash at the nearest MoneyGram office. Please follow eBay's steps to complete the payment, and after you will done, you must send the payment details to eBay simply reply to our payment invoice and after you receive these tickets and let eBay know that all is OK then eBay will give me the payment dates to pick up the money.
I will wait your email and the notification from eBay. Thanks again, Matei
P.S. I live in Brisbane but right now I am in Milan, Italy to test the market here for a company of the dental products... I'll stay here at least 3 months and for this reason I left my tickets at the delivery company with order to be delivered to the person that will buy them...
Chris, Please send me your full name and address where you want to receive the tickets to can start the transaction... eBay they will contact you with the confirmation off the transaction and you will have to follow their instruction... I wait your email as soon as possible... Thanks, Christopher
Samantha, OK... I decided to sell these tickets only because I am out of country for 3 months with personal business... For this reason, I left these tickets in custody of delivery company with order to be delivered to the person that will buy them... The price includes delivery up to your address... For me the delivery in this case is only $25... I have a great discount because I used this company for many deliveries... The only way that I will make this transaction is through eBay protection... Using eBay service you will have the chance to see these tickets, before I receive any money... The payment will also be done trough eBay and they will give me the money only after these tickets are delivered to you... The delivery time is around 24 hours in Brisbane area... If you want to buy these tickets need to send me your full name and address where you want to receive the tickets to can start the transaction... eBay they will contact you with the confirmation off the transaction and you will have to follow their instruction... I wait your email as soon as possible...