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Meet the Scammers Dealing Bogus Tickets to 'Hamilton,' Billy Joel and Amy Schumer


Counterfeit tickets for some of Broadway’s hottest shows are a major headache for consumers and big business for scammers -- and nowhere is that more common than with the hit musical Hamilton.

The show is so popular, it's sold out through January 2017. If you don't want to wait, you can still get tickets through brokers, but that's if you're willing to pay as much as $3,400 per ticket.

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So New York City teacher Danielle Posner thought she got incredibly lucky when she went on Craigslist and found two tickets to the blockbuster show for only $350.

“I was paying exactly face value and he even had a printed receipt from Ticketmaster,” she said.

But she was suspicious and called Ticketmaster to check.

“They said that the verification code on the receipt did not match Hamilton so we knew that these were fraudulent,” she said.

Even billionaire Chris Sacca, a frequent guest on the hit show Shark Tank, was turned away last weekend when he showed up to Hamilton with bogus tickets.

So to see how many counterfeit tickets are out there, Inside Edition responded to Craigslist postings to Hamilton and other hit shows.

One Hamilton ad offered "good seats. Great price." But the $360 asking price seemed suspiciously low. So an Inside Edition producer met with the ticket seller who promised the tickets were real.

But when our cameras came out, he took off running. The box office confirmed the tickets were counterfeit.

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IE also found suspicious Craigslist postings for Amy Schumer and Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden and Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater. They too, appeared to be selling counterfeit tickets.

Consumers can protect themselves by buying tickets from the box office or from reputable websites like Ticketmaster and StubHub.

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