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Aronoff Center warns of 'Hamilton' ticket scams

Warns of fake Broadway show tickets
Posted at 11:17 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 18:18:40-05

The hottest show in Cincinnati in 2019 is "Hamilton," which finally visits the Queen City after runs in Cleveland, Columbus, and of course New York and Chicago.

Tickets for the sold-out hip-hop musical, during its three-week Cincinnati run, are selling for $150 (for rear balcony seats) to $1,000 (for the best orchestra seats) on resale sites such as StubHub and Vivid Seats.

Broadway in Cincinnati has only scattered seats still available for sale, but is offering a nightly ticket lottery, where 40 seats to each night's performance will be sold for just $10 each.

Click here to learn more about the lottery. Click here to see if any regularly-priced tickets have become available for a night you are interested in.

Broadway in Cincinnati Marketing Director Elizabeth Truitt says seats are sometimes turned back in, or some more seats become available a day or two before the show, so it is worth checking their site regularly.

However, the Aronoff Center box office is warning about ticket scams that resulted in thousands of dollars stolen from "Hamilton" ticket buyers in other cities.

Warning signs of a scam

USA Today warns that the most common "Hamilton" ticket scam is fake tickets sold on Craigslist and on street corners in front of theaters.

Photoshop and ticket printers can make very legitimate-looking tickets that will not scan at the theater entrance.

A slicker scam involves someone selling the same digital ticket multiple times. Legitimate resale sites like StubHub and 333-SEAT have money back guarantees, where you will get a refund if you buy a copy of a ticket that someone else already has in their hands. eBay also has a fraud guarantee, though not specifically for theater tickets.

With duplicate tickets, only the first person to have their ticket scanned gets the seat. Everyone else is locked out of the theater.

However, not all ticket sites provide a money back guarantee.

Also, watch for websites with "Aronoff Center" in their name. Those are not connected to the real Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, and Broadway in Cincinnati cannot guarantee any tickets sold there.

Finally, if you have tickets, never take a photo of them and share them on social media until after the performance. Scammers look for photos of good tickets on Facebook and Instagram, then copy the active code on the tickets and resell them.

So be careful and don't waste your money.


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