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If you plan on seeing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform Nutcracker this year, you may want to be mindful of where you get your tickets from. 

The RWB sent out a release saying for the second year in a row, it has noticed that tickets for its shows are popping up on third party websites for much higher prices than they charge through their box office. 

"One of the newest frauds is a website called boxofficetickets.com where the exchange rate is in U.S. but it doesn't say so until very small print at the bottom," RWB communications and public relations manager Natasha Havrilenko said. "So, for example, we have $30 tickets in section E that are going for around $80 on that site." 

The fraudulent tickets being sold for higher prices are actual RWB tickets that have been scalped, according to Havrilenko. 

"For Nutcracker we like to have $25 children's tickets to make it easier for families to come and these websites are capitalizing on the fact that this is a great Christmas gift and oftentimes people looking for tickets stumble across these websites that are upping the price," Havrilenko said. "We really care about our customer experience and we are cognizant of offering a lower price point, so when we see that being marked up for double the price it is quite concerning for us." 

Havrilenko says the best way to avoid scalped tickets is to buy directly from the RWB box office on Graham Ave. or online at RWB.org.

"Something else to consider is when someone googles for tickets we are not the first website that is listed," she said. "These websites are bumped up higher than ours because they're likely paying for higher traffic, so just make sure you're going to RWB.org." 

Havrilenko says they never sells through third party websites, and if you have any concerns about your tickets you can call the RWB and ask questions. 

Nutcracker runs from Dec. 19-29 with all of the evening shows starting at 7:00 p.m. 

Matinees go at 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 22, 23 and 29 and 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 26. 

All the performances are at the Centennial Concert Hall.