BBB warns of Paul McCartney ticket scams

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Seemingly within minutes, each and every ticket to the Paul McCartney concert disappeared.

Some lucky concertgoers utilized quick fingers to make the purchase online, but others who stood in line were turned away only to see signs go up explaining no tickets were available.

Less than an hour after ticket sales opened to the general public, First Niagara Center Box Office officials put up the sold out signs. That may have been helped along by early ticket sales for American Express cardholders last week, but others say the high profile concert has drawn high level interest.

For many who wanted reasonably priced tickets, there are few places to turn other than third party ticket sites, but thousands each year are taken by ticket scams during high profile concerts.

The BBB says when McCartney makes his first ever appearance in Buffalo, nobody should be scammed out of the opportunity to see him. They’re offering a set of tips to help ensure concertgoers aren’t duped by those looking for a quick buck.

  • Research first — Make sure the company offering the ticket is BBB accredited and is legitimate, never buy from scalpers.
  • Double check refund policies — Only buy from sellers with clear refund policies
  • Don’t give out more personal information than necessary — Never give out a Social Security number or extensive personal information before a purchase.
  • Always pay with a credit card — Some card companies can help recover funds in the event of a scam.
  • Ensure seats are real — Always double check that the tickets you’re about to purchase correlate with seats in the First Niagara Center.

Anybody interested in updated scam details or wanting to verify a business’ information can click here to double check with the BBB. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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