Whistler police warn of Shambhala ticket scam 

Festival hopefuls reportedly defrauded while trying to purchase secondhand tickets from Whistler Buy and Sell Facebook page

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Local police are warning of apparent fraud after several Shambhala Music Festival hopefuls were reportedly defrauded while trying to purchase secondhand tickets.

Whistler RCMP said it received several reports of the apparent scam on July 31 after trying to buy tickets on the popular Whistler Buy and Sell Facebook page.

The purchasers were asked to e-transfer money with a promise the tickets would arrive via email. When the victims enquired about refunds after their tickets failed to arrive, police said in a release they were given "a series of excuses" before the alleged scammer eventually cut off communication.

"Police are reminding folks to be cautious when it comes to purchasing secondhand tickets from unknown sites or persons and to report any suspicious behaviour or transaction to the police," the release went on.

Shambhala is an EDM festival near Salmo, B.C. that has historically been a popular destination for Whistler festivalgoers. It's scheduled to run from Aug. 9 to 12.

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