Public warned about ticket scalping at local venues

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Riverlinks has been forced to abandon email tickets because of rampant online scalpers.

Even worse, if more than one person has been sold tickets for the same seat – no-one gets in.

Digital technology has taken scalping to new markets through realistic websites or via multiple social media channels.

Riverlinks performing arts and conventions manager Ken Cameron said the venue was usually hit once or twice a year, but its run of big-name shows had attracted droves of cyber crooks eager to rip off the public.

He said superstar Kris Kristofferson's performance this Friday created concerns for the organisation, along with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performance, Land of Plenty Festival, Adam Thompson’s Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack Live, Ross Noble, Ian Moss and Moscow Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty.

“We run a suspect buyer report on our ticket sales trying to find things that look suspicious, such as if the person is buying tickets from overseas as well as fake telephone numbers or email addresses that don't look real," Mr Cameron said. 

“If people have been sold the same tickets, we can't honour any of them, so it is essential people come and buy genuine tickets from us."

Mr Cameron said there were still seats available for all these shows and customers should not be fooled into thinking there were only a few seats remaining. 

"If you’re unsure, give the venue a call or visit the Riverlinks website to buy your tickets," he said.

The Riverlinks box office is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or phone 5832 9511.

Tickets bought online can be collected at Riverlinks or on the evening of the performance.