NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two New York men were arrested in Nashville after police say they sold bogus tickets to this weekend’s Taylor Swift concert at Bridgestone Arena.
The Metro Nashville Police Department said they’re investigating 15 suspected cases of counterfeit ticket sales to the show.
So far, two men have been arrested, including 18-year-old Kenny Ramirez from the Bronx.
He’s accused of selling four fake tickets for $520 to a man and woman who found the tickets through Craigslist.
The couple went online and discovered the tickets were fraudulent before contacting police to set up a meeting with Ramirez, police said Tuesday.
The teen was arrested after selling the couple another set of four fake tickets and booked into the Metro jail in lieu of $40,000.
Authorities said the following day, last Thursday, one of Ramirez’s relatives was arrested for trying to sell the same fake tickets on Craigslist.
Amado Guzman, 21, also from the Bronx, is accused of selling the tickets for $225 each to an undercover fraud detective.
He’s charged with one count of criminal simulation and being held in lieu of $50,000 at the Metro jail.
Buyers of tickets from unofficial sources are strongly cautioned that they do so at their own risk. Persons who do purchase tickets from a secondary source are encouraged to:
Buy tickets from family/friends that you know, or someone family/friends vouch for;
If buying a ticket from an individual in front of or nearby the venue, ask the seller to accompany you to the gate to ensure that the ticket is valid;
Ask the seller for photo identification and make a note of his/her name & date of birth;
Deal with a reputable secondary market company that guarantees tickets they sell.