• Scammers, scalpers target theatergoers seeking tickets at performing arts center

    By: Jason Stoogenke

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Officials at Charlotte's major theater said they are starting the year at war with people trying to scam fans.

    Blumenthal Performing Arts officials told Action 9's Jason Stoogenke that they already seeing high prices and scams.

    The main reason is that the Blumenthal has a number of high-profile shows this year like the “Phantom of the Opera,” “Hamilton” and "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, officials said.

    "It makes me very upset," Blumenthal CEO Tom Gabbard told Stoogenke. "We want our tickets to be affordable to real middle-class people."

    "Hamilton" tickets aren't on sale yet, so those that are being sold now are fake.

    Scalpers are selling tickets that are currently on sale for a lot more than their face value.

    Stoogenke checked "Phantom" tickets and an opening night seat in row U should cost $84, but he found people selling the same ones for almost $550.

    "Any of the people who are really dedicated to the arts understand that that's unethical to the maximum," customer Aeriana Gallipeau said.

    "I did not know that. I will be careful," potential customer Carol Peterson said.

    Blumenthal officials said you can't resell a ticket for more than $10 of its face value.

    The Blumenthal made this video to warn customers.

    Stoogenke said use the box office or any of these three approved websites:

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