Unusual payment scam victims

My story

I attempted to buy tickets for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and this person had various tickets available. I agreed to purchase two off him for $300, and he insisted I pay using gift cards as it was 'safe' after I asked to use PayPal. I purchased three $100 gift cards, and within two minutes of purchase sent the information to him. The cards were redeemed and he instantly blocked and deleted me off Facebook. Has since made a 'new' Facebook account to offer to sell me the tickets for $150. He also refused to refund me any money at all.

Signs this was a scam

  • The unusual payment method is a sign that this was a scam.
  • If anyone demands payment by gift card β€” such as iTunes, Google Play, Steam, Amazon, pre-loaded money cards or pre-paid debit cards β€” it’s a scam.

Avoid this type of scam

  • Buy tickets from an authorised retailer β€” this is the safest option.
  • Be cautious about purchasing tickets online through social media from people you don't know.


*The story above is based on one or more real scam reports received by the ACCC. For privacy purposes the names and images of victims have not been used.

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If you think you've been scammed or know someone who has, report it to the ACCC using our report a scam page.

If you have lost money, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

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