Festivals warn against reselling fake tickets

Festivals warn against reselling fake tickets
Festivals warn against reselling fake tickets

Festival season is fast approaching. But it is also a period conducive to the proliferation of sales of counterfeit tickets on the internet. A few minutes after the opening of the official ticket offices, tickets are found on parallel resale platforms, at sometimes indecent prices. This is called the gray market. Unregulated in Switzerland and in full expansion, it harms the interests of the public, artists and festivals. The fraudsters act without being in possession of a ticket and disappear once the transaction is completed without delivering the precious ticket. In such a case, the festivals’ room for maneuver with regard to scams is therefore limited, if not non-existent.

In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, the Paléo, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Festi’neuch and the Swiss music promoters association (SMPA), are joining forces with the Fédération romande des consommateurs (FRC) to prevent them from falling into the sign. First of all, it is recommended to buy tickets only from the official festival ticket office and never buy them from an unknown person. It is also important to check the availability of places and the actual price of tickets on the official festival websites. In the event of a visibly fraudulent advertisement, it is recommended to make a report and, if the scam is committed, to report the case to the FRC and file a complaint. The latter adds that the testimonies contribute to efforts for greater accountability of resale platforms.

Please note that scams do not only take place on the internet. Buying tickets at a premium price from touts at the entrance to a festival and being turned away because the pieces of paper are simple photocopies, this happened to two people at Paléo in 2014. They had just purchased tickets. tickets sold at an average price of 90 francs by a forty-year-old posted at the entrance to the Nyon festival, when they were turned away at security. But the injured parties found the seller and reported him. The man, arrested with 1,500 francs on him, was then convicted of fraud and forgery of securities.


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