SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – With the Savannah Bananas’ sold-out season in full swing, some eager fans are being taken advantage of by scammers.
Five years ago, Julie Gibson created a Facebook group, Savannah Banana Ticket Swap, to help better coordinate ticket sales and exchanges among fans.
The group has grown exponentially, now with more than 18,000 members.
It came to Gibson’s attention a couple of months back that individuals within her group were trying to scam others into buying tickets they don’t even have.
“It’s very frustrating. I mean, I get so many positive comments that are thanking me for running the group,” Gibson said. “I appreciate it. Most people are nice, but it seems like a good third of what’s progressing or more lately has been scammers.”
WSAV News 3 spoke with two individuals who were scammed. Molly Thomas said she was trying to find tickets for family members so they could see her daughter, one of the Banana Splits dancers, perform.
“I have family and friends that want to come see her,” Thomas explained. “So, I used what I thought was the correct page to buy, resell Bananas tickets.”
Resale tickets on sites like Ticketmaster or StubHub for this upcoming Saturday and next Tuesday’s game start at $200. At the moment, buying through Facebook looked like her best option.
“I have a very busy and demanding job and I’m traveling a lot,” Thomas said. “Just was trusting and a bit, like I said, desperate that, ‘Oh my gosh, I better grab these quick.'”
She tried to buy tickets through another group, Savannah Banana Ticket Swap – Run by a Fan for Fans!, with only 400 members. Gibson called it “a copycat.”
Both Thomas and another individual News 3 spoke with said they were scammed by the same person in that group.
WSAV has been in touch with the admin of the so-called copycat page. They claim they were “just trying to help people,” and it appears they’ve taken down their group.
We also spoke with officials from the Bananas. They recommended using legitimate third-party sites like StubHub or Ticketmaster when buying tickets.