Are your Paul McCartney tickets legitimate?: Your Stories

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office confirms to NewsChannel 9 that it's beginning to receive complaints about tickets to the Paul McCartney concert.

Pre-sales began Wednesday and the SU community can get in on pre-sales Friday morning. The general public can buy tickets starting Monday.

Schneiderman's office has done a lot of work in making "bots" illegal, websites that buy tickets in bulk in order to re-sell them at higher prices.

To see the ticket report, click here.

If you Google Carrier Dome Box Office, the first four results are ads. They’re all third-party sites where tickets are being re-sold for a more expensive price.

It’s not until the fifth link that actually takes you to the Carrier Dome site and their official seller, Ticketmaster.

The Better Business Bureau has issued warnings in other states as ticket sales open to the public Monday.

The local BBB office had this advice:

  • Do your research— look up the seller or broker on for details about the company, history of complaints and customer reviews.
  • Know the difference between a broker and a scalper— a broker is a legitimate and accredited reseller while a ticket scalper is not.
  • Check the ticket broker's refund policy— only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.
  • Pay with a credit card— this way, you have some recourse if the tickets are not as promised.Do not use cash; there is little to no way of getting your money back if the tickets are fake.
  • Verify the seats are real— always ask for a section, row and seat number. Something the Attorney General warns about too.

Many fans were concerned that with all the pre-sales, there wouldn’t be any tickets left to the general public.

Some tickets for McCartney's September show at the Carrier Dome are listed for $10,000.

Schneiderman tells NewsChannel 9 that some apparent tickets are "speculative tickets," which the seller hasn't even gotten his or her own hands on yet.

If you suspect a ticket scam, the Attorney General's Office wants you to file a complaint online.



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