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Ticket site advertises unconfirmed concert at MU

Thursday, September 8, 2011 | 8:52 p.m. CDT; updated 5:11 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — The concert has an Oct. 2 date, a list of notable performers and a website with the black and gold MU logo that appears to be taking credit card information for tickets.

The website, wantickets.com, on Thursday listed MU as the venue for a concert on the "I-70 Tour," featuring artists Mike Posner, Fabolous and Mac Miller. It provided two locations: the corner of College Avenue and Stadium Boulevard and a Google map that showed the site as the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and College Park Drive.

But there are no venues at either of those locations, and John Murray, assistant director of business services at MU, has not been contacted to reserve a space for a concert.

"I can with fair certainty say it's not been approved to be on campus," he said.

Murray asked the MU Police Department to investigate whether the concert was a fraud. On Thursday afternoon, Capt. Brian Weimer said MU police had no information about the concert. 

Late Thursday afternoon, the MU News Bureau issued a news release warning that the concert could be a scam.

Murray discussed the concert during Columbia's Thursday morning meeting of the city's Special Event Committee, and those in attendance, including city police, had not heard about the event, Murray said. 

According to wantickets.com, Strength in Numbers Entertainment, which operates out of Leawood, Kan., was sponsoring the concert. The entertainment company's phone number is unlisted, but there was a phone number posted on the company's Facebook page. The person who answered at that number said he was with a client and would return the Missourian's call. There was no answer on subsequent calls.
 
Wantickets.com listed two other concert dates for the I-70 Tour — Sept. 30 at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University, and Oct. 1 at Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Bonner Springs, Kan.
 
Cody Dunn, assistant box office manager at Chaifetz Arena, said the concert isn't on the arena's schedule. Capitol Federal Park could not be reached for comment.
 

On wantickets.com, a person can purchase $20, $30 or $40 tickets for the "I-70 Tour" concerts. There is also a listing for the concert on zvents.com, but an attempt to purchase a ticket directs the user to wantickets.com.

According to ticketmaster.com, Posner is scheduled to be in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 2 and has no concerts scheduled Sept. 30 or Oct. 1. Fabolous has one concert scheduled for Sept. 18 in Las Vegas, according to ticketmaster.com. And on Oct. 1, Mac Miller is scheduled to be in Sayreville, N.J., with no concerts scheduled for Sept. 30 or Oct. 2.

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