A spokesperson with Cineplex confirms to CKNW it is dealing with a rise in counterfeit movie tickets at its Vancouver theatres.
A sign posted at the Cineplex Silver City location in Burnaby is warning people not to buy their tickets through so-called ticket brokers on WeChat, a popular messaging service.
Cineplex says the sign is in place to simply warn customers, and there are no such re-sellers or brokers working for the company.
The Better Business Bureau’s Evan Kelly says it’s the first time it’s heard of this.
“Scammers are getting very, very good at duplicating anything from, certainly theatre tickets, which would be easy, comparable to say Canucks tickets or, more recently Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift or even fake Tragically Hip tickets. So we’re always sort of on the alert for that.”
Kelly hopes people won’t take the risk, saying trying to save a few dollars on a ticket isn’t worth the hassle in the long run.
“Theatre tickets, of course, are a bit of a concern when we hit these grand openings of these really highly anticipated films that sell out very, very quickly. People might be inclined to take a chance and take a risk at doing something online through Craigslist or something, or some other third party portal.”
He notes once people have purchased fraudulent tickets, they’re hooped, as there is no way to get their money back.
Cineplex says the best place to purchase tickets to their films is either online, in person at its box office, or through its mobile app.
While prices continue to increase for movie tickets, the box office has been busy.
Last year, five films – including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Furious 7 crossed the $1-billion mark worldwide.