Social media is often the last resort of Chelsea fans looking to buy tickets for upcoming games.
Whilst there are genuine sellers it is also rife with Chelsea ticket scams that look to rip off genuine fans and take advantage of the huge demand for tickets.
We do not recommend buying tickets from social media, however if you do here are some red flags to look out for to avoid the scams.
Chelsea Ticket Scam Red Flag 1 – Paypal Friends & Family
This is a common tactic by scammers as if you pay via friends and family on Paypal you do not have any buyer protection, something that you would have if you select goods and services.
Therefore do not pay for any tickets using Paypal Friends & Family.
Chelsea Ticket Scam Red Flag 2 – Ticket Details Don’t Add Up
Scammers are usually not fans and may not know as much about the club and the ticket buying process as you do. This can lead to small errors in what they send as proof they have the tickets and what they provide.
The simplest mistake we have seen is the use of the wrong names for the stands or being unable to explain where the seat is in the ground.
Chelsea Ticket Scam Red Flag 3 – Ticket Barcode Missing
Chelsea Football Club no longer issue fans with paper tickets for games. Instead they send a PDF of a ticket with a barcode that will give you entry to the game.
If the ticket they are showing you does not have a barcode (even if it is blacked out for security) then it is unlikely to be a genuine ticket.
Chelsea Ticket Scam Red Flag 4 – Evasive Seller
The best protection you have against scammers is a proven and verifiable track record of selling tickets in the past or a profile and personal information that makes sense.
Ask potential sellers if any Chelsea fans can vouch for them and get them to provide as much personal information as possible. If it does not add up then do not take the risk.
Chelsea Ticket Scam Red Flag 5 – Too Good To Be True
If someone is selling a ticket and it feels too good to be true or your gut tells you something does not feel right, then we recommend you either do not buy the ticket or accept that there is a high risk you will be left dissapointed.