NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — On any given weekend, concerts and big events are happening somewhere in Music City.
“People are buying tickets, and they’re expensive,” said Lisa Smith with the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee. “You want to get a great deal.”
In this case, the deal for several people turned out to be a scam from a Facebook profile page under the name Debra Baker Miller.
One victim in Nashville wrote “Do not send her money” in a Facebook post detailing how she was scammed out of $30 to the Project Pat concert in April.
Another victim was scammed after buying tickets to the Rival Sons Rock Concert also in April.
“I said ‘Hello, I sent you money’ and she never responded,” said Karen Bernecer, another victim who was scammed out of $80 by the same phony Facebook page.
“It made me angry,” Bernecer said. “It made my friends angry.”
Bernecer lives in Tampa, Florida. On April 23rd, she bought four tickets to what she thought was a Kentucky Derby watch party for $20 a piece.
“I’m like ok, that’s a good deal,” Bernecer said.
The scammer posted the offer on the Facebook event page, using the same story: her family can’t go to the event and she’s selling the tickets at a reduced price.
“Being a single mom, I’m always looking for a deal,” she said.
Bernecer used the Cash App to send the money.
“Woke up the next morning and didn’t get the tickets,” she said.
She sent several follow up messages but, like the other victims, she was blocked.
“We see this often,” Smith said. “It’s with MoneyGram, wire transfers.”
Smith says always check for red flags.
“A price that seems too good to be true and too low to overlook,” she said.
She also suggests using plastic.
“Use a credit card or some sort of debit card so you can work with your bank,” Smith said.
Bernecer says although the $80 is now gone, she’s learned a valuable lesson.
“I really need to definitely think before I buy,” she said.
Bernecer says after she posted her story on Facebook another victim reached out to her from Utah, who says he was scammed by the same phony page.