Paul McCartney (Courtesy: AEG LIVE)
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A NewsChannel 5 viewer who won Paul McCartney tickets from a KSDK online contest is giving her tickets away to a woman who got scammed out of hers.
As soon as tickets went on-sale to see the former Beatle at the Scottrade Center, Karen Wheat of Highland, Illinois went online.
"I've been so psyched up about this," Wheat said. "It's a lifelong dream. I've marked it off my bucket list!"
Wheat was on the Scottrade Center website looking at possible seats and a logo for the "iconcerttickets.com" website popped up. She assumed it was associated with Scottrade and clicked it on and got her debit card ready for a big purchase.
"(They) got all my ticket information, the seat, the row. They took the money out of my checking account, of course, everything right then," she said.
Wheat believes she was scammed. She paid $252 for two tickets. Iconcerttickets.com promised that her tickets would arrive by November 4 for the November 11 concert.
Soon after, Wheat received a similar guarantee from a different company, OfficialOnlineTickets.com. Official Online Tickets had all of Wheat's information, although the relationship between the two companies is unclear. But on October 23, a woman from OfficialOnlineTickets.com called and told wheat that her tickets were no longer guaranteed.
"She said they cannot get iconcert tickets on the phone. They can't reach them by email, nothing," Wheat said. "So they're afraid that all the people that purchased tickets on this are not going to get their tickets now."
Wheat's fear is that not only will she probably not receive her tickets but the online sites now have all of her personal information. A spokesperson for Scottrade Center said they don't do business with iconcert or the other company. They only do business with Ticketmaster.
Iconcerttickets.com has received an F rating from the Better Business Bureau in Boca Rotan, Florida.
And Karen Wheat said she hopes what happened to her will be lesson for others.