Ticket fraud incidents rising due to fans sharing photos on social media

Dec 17 2018, 6:52 pm

Before you post a picture of your Raptors ticket for a game this season, make sure to cover the barcode, as ticket fraud incidents are on the rise.

With sports season in gear in Toronto, and big concerts on the horizon, photos of ticket stubs are bound to show up on social media feeds.

And it’s those photos that have lead to a rise in fraudulent tickets, according to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), as sensitive ticket material can be accessed through the barcodes and tickets can be duplicated.

“MLSE is reminding fans to protect their ticket information and help stop counterfeiters by remembering to ‘Cover the Code’ when sharing pictures of your tickets online,” they state. “On each paper or mobile ticket there is a unique barcode that can be used by counterfeiters to make duplicate tickets to use or sell that render the original ticket worthless.”

Basically, don’t post any pictures of your tickets online with the barcode showing before the event takes place. This includes paper tickets, mobile, or print-at-home tickets. Anything with unique barcodes can be duplicated.

As well, avoid taking any screenshots that expose your personal information and confirmation of tickets through Ticketmaster, especially during checkout.

Don’t fall victim to ticket fraud, and cover that code.


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