Police: Beliebers targeted in concert ticket scam

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Metro Team Editor

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The Vancouver Police Department released this photo of a suspect in a reported ticket-selling scam.

Being a Belieber shouldn’t mean trusting unofficial ticket sellers.

The Vancouver Police Department is warning against buying concert tickets through Craigs­list after taking three reports of scams Monday involving tickets to the March 13 Justin Bieber concert at Portland’s Moda Center.

A police bulletin said the victims found the tickets listed for sale on Craigslist and met with a seller at a parking lot in Vancouver to conduct the transactions.

They discovered later that the tickets were counterfeit, the bulletin said.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 50 to 60 years old who identified himself as Jason. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, and he wore black frame glasses and a blue baseball cap.

Police asked anyone with information on the identity of the suspect to contact Vancouver police Service Technician Kathy Parrish at kathy.parrish@cityofvancouver.us.

“If you have been the victim of this scam, Vancouver Police ask that you make a police report to the agency in the jurisdiction where the transaction took place,” the bulletin said. “The Vancouver Police Department reminds the public that the safest way to purchase tickets for concerts or events is always through a legitimate ticket seller.”