Watch out for fake "Hamilton" tickets in Buffalo

Posted at 2:05 PM, Oct 02, 2018

Tickets for "Hamilton" at Shea's Performing Arts Center from November 20 to December 9th will go on sale this Friday at 8 a.m.

There is a lot of excitement for the on-stage musical which is expected to sell out quickly.

However, there is also a lot of concern about scalpers and scammers who are already plotting to rip you off with "Hamilton" tickets.

Michael G. Murphy, president of Shea's, said there are reports of people trying to sell fake "Hamilton" tickets for the Buffalo performances thru sites like Craigslist. 

No "Hamilton" tickets for Buffalo have been sold yet - anything you see for sale before Friday morning October 5th is counterfeit.

Scalpers and bots are another worry because they could try and snatch-up large amounts of tickets in hopes of reselling them at greatly inflated prices.

Right now, tickets for the show are priced from $83 -$178, with a select number of premium seats, close to the stage, going for $428.

In an effort to prevent scalpers from running up prices on the secondary market, Shea's is using Ticketmaster's "Verified Fan" program for the first time.

You have to sign up tonight by 10 p.m. (Tuesday October 2nd) to be part of "Verified Fan."

If selected, a code will be emailed to you on Thursday October 4th.  That code will allow you to buy tickets online Friday October 5th starting at 8 a.m.

The maximum purchase is limited to four (4) tickets.

Shea's will have some tickets available at its box office on Friday morning, but those are not expected to last long.

You can find out more information about "Hamilton" in Buffalo and signup for "Verified Fan" here: https://www.sheas.org/performances/hamilton/

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more on how you can get legitimate tickets for "Hamilton."

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