Every year, typically when the summer months roll around, it’s not uncommon to hear on the news, or read in the paper that another group of “ticket sellers” has been busted by authorities for selling fraudulent Walt Disney World tickets. Unfortunately it happens to those who aren’t aware of what to look for and what to avoid when shopping for tickets to the most magical place on earth. If you’re shopping for discount tickets to your favorite theme parks, remember these few tips when dealing with ticket sellers.
1. Websites offering unusually low prices are often fraudulent
For starters, it’s nearly impossible for Disney to allow tickets to be sold for huge discounts without the seller losing money on the transaction. Generally you’ll never see discounts on 1-day or 2-day tickets simply because there is little to no profit margin. If you do happen to see low priced 1 and 2-day tickets, you may want to think twice about buying from that particular seller. The tickets could be fake or there could be some type of catch when purchasing tickets at such a low price.
2. Never purchase partially used tickets
Believe it or not, people will try to sell their partially used multi-day passes to those unknowing of how Disney operates. For instance, some scammers will purchase your partially used tickets if you have any unused days remaining and then may turn around and sell those tickets to someone else visiting their booth for discounted Disney tickets. It is much more difficult to use these types of tickets nowadays though simply because Disney records a biometric scan of your fingerprint into the magnetic strip of your Disney ticket so it cannot be transferred to another individual. There is also no way to be sure that there are even days remaining on your ticket when you purchase them second hand.
3. Never buy tickets on sites like eBay or Craigslist
Similar to tip #2, it’s impossible to tell if a ticket bought on an auction or classifieds sites has been used. Some scammers may even create ads posing as an authorized ticket seller while creating fake invoices for “tickets” purchased through them. Others may post pictures of Disney tickets and try to sell them as new when they may have actually just been stolen cards that were never activated to begin with. These Disney tickets may also have been purchased by people who used credit cards that were not theirs, and resold the tickets to honest customers.
4. Avoid Sharing Walt Disney World free tickets scams on social media
You may have noticed in the past that some of your friends on sites like Facebook have shared posts that state you can win tickets by sharing, liking and commenting a post to win free Disney tickets. Most of the time this isn’t really Walt Disney World putting up those “contests,” rather, it’s just a fake page looking to spread malware and potentially steal information from you and your friends. If you see these types of posts on social media, do not share! You’ll notice that these profiles have names like “Walt Disney World.”, or “Walt Disney-World.” which include extra punctuation or misspellings that some people may miss or simply ignore. They may also have the same profile pictures as the official Disney page that they’ve taken to pose as the real page. Disney will have a blue checkmark next to their name on Facebook indicating that they are the official Walt Disney World page. Other authorized sellers like Tickets2You.com will often have a gray check mark on their Facebook page that indicates a local business. You can also check to see when the page was founded (if it’s recent it’s probably fake), if they have posted regularly to their page (Disney posts nearly everyday!), and if the contest that is being shared has any “official rules,” regulations or disclaimers (official contests require these types of rules).
5. If you can’t verify the seller’s legitimacy, avoid at all costs!
Just like we’ve mentioned before, people often get scammed when they buy from an unverifiable source (eBay, craigslist, random people on the street). If you can’t verify that a person or a company is a legitimate and authorized ticket seller, take the time to research discount Disney tickets. You don’t want to be the person or family that get’s stopped at the gates because their tickets didn’t work. You’ll save time and money just by verifying your sources, reading reviews, and asking questions.
6. Do not purchase tickets if they don’t take debit/credit cards
Simply put, it’s easier to scam customers if the tickets are purchased with cash, since there’s no way to track that purchase. Some scammers may also require you to pay for your tickets using a cash-like equivalent like a money order.
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