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Murfreesboro Woman Falls Victim To CMA Ticket Scam

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by Emily Luxen

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Rutherford County woman's attempt to buy CMA Music Festival tickets for her family and friends ended with her singing the blues.

Tricia Brace, age 19, said she was scammed after trying to buy tickets on Craigslist. She paid $756 for four tickets, and never received the tickets.

"Obviously, I was really irritated," said Brace. "This was going to be my first time to go, and it was supposed to be a graduation present for my cousin."

Brace said she was slightly suspicious when the seller asked that she pay through Western Union rather than an eBay PayPal account, but went ahead with the transaction.

"Western Union said they would hold the money, and we would have to confirm we had the tickets before the money was transferred," said Brace.

When money went through and the tickets never arrived, she reported the case to the Murfreesboro Police Department. She still hoped to get her money back, and find some more last minute tickets to the CMA Music Festival.

"We are still looking for tickets, but the prices are outrageous," said Brace.

Murfreesboro police said people should be weary of scams. They recommend when buying tickets it is best use reputable online retailers rather than go through individuals – and always verify as much information as you can before the purchase.

Festival organizers and officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department have also worked hard the last couple years to keep counterfeit CMA Music Festival tickets and merchandise off the streets.

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order in 2010 barring street vendors from selling fake CMA merchandise. If police or event organizers see counterfeit goods, they have the right to seize it on the spot.

"We don't want to tolerate the selling of this fake merchandise, especially all the hard work the CMA music festival organizers have put into this event and the sales, the proceeds of the sales are going to Nashville flood victims," said Metro police spokesperson Kristin Mumford at the time.

Officials said they had not seen any cases of counterfeit CMA Music Festival tickets this year.


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