Monday, October 1, 2007

What a real concert notification looks like

By now, everybody who was lucky enough to be offered two Led Zeppelin reunion concert tickets in the first round has been notified via e-mail. Here's what an authentic e-mail will look like.

Somebody's e-mail notification has been forwarded to me (alas, I did not receive one). Since it is an HTML e-mail will graphics, etc., it starts with a line that says if it isn't showing up properly to click this link to bring it up in the Web browser. So, click that link to see it with the HTML, or just view below for the text; I have redacted some portions in an attempt to prevent fraudulent activity.

Congratulations we are very pleased to be able to offer you tickets for the Ahmet Tribute concert at the O2 Arena in London on the 26th November 2007. Please read the below information carefully before you proceed to booking, by continuing to the booking page you are agreeing to all the below.

  1. You have 72 hours to book and pay for your tickets.
  2. Your individual passcode can only be used once and will be invalid after the deadline as mentioned above has passed.
  3. NO tickets will be mailed out. All concert goers must pick up their tickets and non-transferable wristbands in advance of the show at the O2 Arena between 10am and 6pm on Sunday 25th November and between 10am and 6pm on Monday 26th November. To avoid long queues on the day of the show you are strongly urged to pick up your tickets and wristbands on Sunday 25th November or arrive as early as possible on Monday 26th November, please be aware that ticket collection will be busy at peak times and you should anticipate having to wait to be served.
  4. To collect the tickets each original purchaser and the person accompanying them to the show must be present in order to pick up the tickets and wristbands. NO exceptions
  5. Each original purchaser must provide the actual credit card used for the purchase along with valid state-issued PHOTO ID in order to receive the tickets and non-transferable wristbands. All wristbands will be fitted immediately.
  6. There will be no exceptions to the above, no name changes or letters of authorisation will be accepted under any circumstances.
  7. On the night of the show EVERYONE will be required to present BOTH the WRISTBAND and TICKET for entrance to the show. Wristbands must NOT be removed or tampered with prior to entering the show or your access will be refused. Original ticketholders must bring photo ID to the show as they may be required to present it upon entry to the venue.
  8. The original conditions of sale will be enforced. These tickets are non-transferable and any resale will void the transaction without refund.
  9. If you book the tickets and are unable to attend we will refund the face value of the tickets (£125 per ticket) if you contact us before the 20th October 2007. No refunds will be accepted after this date.
  10. Customers with disabilities should forward this email and contact phone number to to book accessible seating (subject to availability).

We are doing our best to keep the tickets for this event out of the hands of secondary ticket sellers and in the hands of the fans so please help us by adhering to the above.

Your Passcode is [redacted]

To purchase tickets please go to the below link and follow the instructions to enter your passcode. [redacted, but the link is to a page on]

Thank you for supporting the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund we look forward to seeing you there! For more information and FAQ please go to

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