Wyoming Politicians Fighting Cyber Ticket Scalpers
Our US Congress unanimously voted to crack down on ticket-buying bots that give scalpers an unfair advantage in snapping up tickets within minutes of their going on sale. They have sent legislation to President Obama to prevent some brokers from using software that give them an unfair advantage in buying tickets to shows, sporting events and concerts.
Newser says The bill would make using the software an "unfair and deceptive practice" under the Federal Trade Commission Act and allow the FTC to pursue those cases. The Senate passed the bill last month.
“In a report earlier this year, investigators in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office cited a single broker who bought 1,012 tickets within one minute to a U2 concert at Madison Square Garden when they went on sale on Dec. 8, 2014, despite the vendor's claim of a four-ticket limit. By day's end, that broker and one other had 15,000 tickets to U2's North American shows.”
If the president signs the legislation into law, the Federal Trade Commission can crack down on scalpers who use this software.