Eric Church Fights Scalping Bots by Canceling 25000 Fraudulently Purchased Tickets

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The tickets went back on sale at noon Tuesday.

Concert scalpers and bots are making it increasingly more hard for actual fans to attend shows.

Church and his team are in the process of developing a system to identify scalpers that with luck, could become an industry standard.

In a report previous year, investigators in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office cited a single broker that bought 1,012 tickets within one minute to a U2 concert at Madison Square Garden when they went on sale on December 8, 2014, despite the vendor's claim of a four-ticket limit.

According to AP, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office issued a report that cited a single broker responsible for scooping up more than a thousand tickets to a U2 show at Madison Square Garden within one minute of tickets going on sale - "despite the vendor's claim of a four-ticket limit". In fact, all remaining dates on Church's tour have had some tickets cancelled, except the April 22 concert in Cincinnati.


Tickets are $27.00, $49.00, $69.00 & $89.00 and are available while supplies last for Eric's show on March 17 at www.ticketswest.com or by phone at 800.325.SEAT.

In a story published by the Associated Press, Church as quoted as saying he would do whatever he could "to stop what he calls a criminal organization that's making millions".

"They buy thousands of tickets across the US, not just mine, and they end up making a fortune", Church said in an interview with Associated Press. "Fans would have a strong case for contesting charges with their credit card company if they paid for something that the scalper didn't deliver". At the end of the day that broker and one other had 15,000 tickets. Fans can check out Church's website for more details.

While the musician has used this tactic to combat scammers before for individual shows, it's the first time on this scale.

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