As several big events are headed to the Valley, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning those looking to purchase tickets.

Scammers are trying to sell fake tickets to popular events and it's important for people to be aware when they're searching for deals.

“Scammers are finding new and creative ways to steal your hard-earned money when it comes to ticket sales,” said Brnovich in a news release. “Consumers need to take precautions to guarantee they’re not left empty-handed at the entrance with a counterfeit ticket.”

To help consumers avoid ticket scams, Brnovich offers a few tips:

  • If you purchase tickets online, use a credit card. You may have more protection using a credit card in the event there is something wrong with the ticket you purchased. 
  • Purchase tickets from a trusted vendor.
  • Compare prices with different vendors.
  • Ensure the website is official, not a third-party knockoff.
  • Do not pay for tickets using a wire transfer or prepaid gift cards. 
  • Be cautious of deals that sound too good to be true.
  • Always check the consumer reviews.
  • Be careful of what you post online.  Scam artists can easily take the barcode of a ticket from an online post and use it to create fraudulent tickets, possibly leaving you out of the event because someone has already used the barcode to enter the event.
  • Complete your transaction on the website where you initiated the purchase. Don't let a seller convince you to send a payment through a different website.

If you think you are the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648 or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1(800) 352-8431 . 

You are also able to file complaints online by visiting the Arizona Attorney General’s website.