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Scalper Selling Fake Tragically Hip Tickets For Toronto Show Charged By Durham Police

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A Toronto man has been arrested and charged for allegedly selling fake Tragically Hip tickets for the band's Toronto show coming August 12.

A woman bought a set of tickets from a seller on Kijiji, but became suspicious when tickets for the same seat and section remained online, according to Durham Regional Police.

She contacted the seller using a different name, and a photo of tickets, again showing the same information as the ones she had just purchased, so she got the police involved.

Officers went along to a meeting with the seller, 27-year-old Coleman Ward of Toronto, who attempted to flee upon arrival, the statement said.

After a struggle, police arrested Ward and charged him with escaping custody, resisting arrest, fraud under $5,000, and possession of proceeds of crime.

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The Tragically Hip perform in London, England in 2013.

The Canadian band's Man Machine Poem tour is said to be their last, after frontman Gord Downie announced his terminal brain cancer diagnosis in May.

With fans eager to score a ticket to the band's final shows, scalping has been a major issue.

Tickets sold out the morning they went on sale, and were soon posted on resale websites, such as StubHub, for between $310 and $3,653.

Meanwhile, the original prices were only $116 to $166.

The Hip will be broadcasting their Aug. 20 show in their hometown Kingston, Ont. live on CBC.

With files from Jesse Ferreras.

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