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Coldplay fans warned about ticket scams

Fans of boring AOR will be jamming the internet tomorrow morning, when tickets for Coldplay's brief three-date UK arena tour go on sale, but their fans are being warned to watch out for nasty con artists, who will set up fake ticket outlets in order to rake in the cash.

Fans are being warned to make sure that the agency that they choose is affiliated with either a big-name brand or a large entertainment company, and with only 50,000 tickets going on sale there is going to be huge demand for each one. So if you must go and see Coldplay, at least make sure you're not being ripped off.

'When a huge band like Coldplay announces a tour, we immediately see a number of suspicious websites popping up attempting to convince unsuspecting music fans that they can offer tickets to sold out events,' said Ed Parkinson, director of Viagogo. 'Over 500,000 consumers were duped by scam sites in the last year so consumers must approach with caution. Check to see whether the website has been endorsed by events or brands that you recognise.

'Legitimate ticket resale websites will have partnerships with leading entertainment properties. Anyone can make a guarantee but fans must remember that the guarantee is only as good as the guarantor. If a site is selling Coldplay tickets at a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is!'

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