CHICAGO — Officials are warning people about sales of fake "Hamilton" tickets.
The Attorney General's Office said "speculative" tickets are being sold by resellers, though the sellers haven't yet been able to actually buy tickets to hits like "Hamilton" and "Aladdin." While some of the sellers plan to get the tickets later, the tickets people are buying could turn out to be counterfeit.
To add insult to injury, those tickets are usually sold at a markup, according to the office.
Chicago Police haven't heard about any fake ticket sales in Chicago, said Officer Nicole Trainor, a Chicago Police spokeswoman. But counterfeit tickets to the super-popular musical have popped up in New York, where people have sold fake tickets for hundreds — and even thousands — of dollars on sites like Craigslist.
Hamilton starts at The PrivateBank Theatre at 18 W. Monroe St. on Sept. 27.
Here are the Illinois Attorney General's Office's tips to avoid getting scammed:
• Find out when tickets for the show or event will officially go on sale
• Buy your tickets from a legitimate site and not an imitation
• If you buy tickets from a website, research the site's reputation
• Read the website’s FAQ page and learn about the site's policies so you know what you're guaranteed, how to get refunds and what to do if you get a counterfeit ticket
• Understand fees included in the ticket’s purchase price.
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