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Fake sites look to scam ticket buyers
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – When a popular Broadway show comes to town and the demand for tickets goes up, Newschannel 3 found there are more chances a ticket buyer can get tricked by misleading websites.
Miller Auditorium in downtown Kalamazoo saw it happen the last time the popular musical, Wicked was in town and with the show returning, the theater is warning customers.
The story came to Newschannel 3 from a view who experienced the problem first hand when buying tickets for Les Miserables at Miller and wound up paying twice as much on a website that looked like Miller Auditorium’s, but wasn’t.
Newschannel 3 found there are a lot of sites like.
As the musical Wicked returns to Miller Auditorium, there are likely to be a lot of people doing online searches to buy tickets, but as we found a search for Miller Auditorium tickets doesn’t always bring you to the auditorium’s website. It turns out there are a lot of sites that say Miller Auditorium, including some with pictures of the building.
“They make their websites look just like ours, they steal the map off of our website,” said Tracie Lawie of Miller Auditorium. “They’ll say official ticketing site and then somewhere within the site they’ll have tiny little print that says not affiliated with the venue.”
Lawie says that problems with the confusing websites popped up more frequently the last time Wicked was in town, two years previously.
Tickets on the other sites are almost always much more expensive, sometimes hundreds of dollars more than face value and Miller has seen other problems when customers bought those tickets.
“They came here and their tickets were not legitimate, they’d spend a few hundred dollars, they traveled from out of town and were very devastated,” said Lawie. “It’s really difficult to educate people and let them know only buy from MillerAuditorium.com to make sure you’re getting real tickets at a good price.”
Again the actual site is MillerAuditorium.com. The fake sites have been such a problem that there is a warning in Miller’s calendar of shows, directing people to MillerAuditorium.com.