If you try to log into your Ticketmaster account and find that it is locked or suspended, there are a few common reasons why this may occur. The good news is that in many cases the issue can be resolved by taking a few simple steps. Here are some of the most common reasons for a locked Ticketmaster account and what you can do about it.
You have not logged in for a long time
Ticketmaster will automatically lock accounts that have been inactive for an extended period of time. This is done for security purposes to prevent unauthorized access to dormant accounts. If you have not logged into your Ticketmaster account for several months or longer, this security feature may have kicked in and locked your account.
The good news is unlocking your account is easy. Just go to the Ticketmaster login page and click on the “Unlock My Account” link. You will be prompted to enter your email address and answer your security question. Ticketmaster will then send you an email with instructions to unlock your account. Just follow the directions in the email and you should be able to access your account again.
Suspicious or unauthorized activity was detected
If Ticketmaster detects suspicious activity that indicates a possible unauthorized access attempt on your account, they will lock your account as a security precaution. This could occur if someone was trying to access your account from an unknown device or IP address.
If this is the case, you will need to contact Ticketmaster Customer Service and verify your identity. This usually involves providing personal details like your name, email, address etc. Ticketmaster will then unlock your account once they can confirm you are the valid account holder.
Your password was entered incorrectly multiple times
As a security measure against hackers and unauthorized logins, Ticketmaster will temporarily lock accounts after a certain number of unsuccessful password attempts. This prevents someone from continually guessing passwords to gain entry.
To regain access, go to the login page and use the “Forgot My Password” option to reset your password. Check your email for a password reset link from Ticketmaster. Create a new password and your account should be unlocked.
Your account was flagged for suspicious activity
- Purchasing tickets with the intent to resell them above face value
- Providing false or inaccurate information during account registration
- Using bots or automated tools to purchase tickets
- Circumventing Ticketmaster systems and controls
Your credit card on file is expired or invalid
If your Ticketmaster account has an expired, invalid, or otherwise problematic credit card saved on file, Ticketmaster may restrict your account until you update your payment method. This is because they want to ensure accounts have a valid payment option before allowing ticket purchases.
To unlock your account in this scenario, simply log in and update your saved payment method with new, valid credit card details. You may also need to validate the card through an authorization hold to confirm it is legitimate.
You have unpaid or overdue ticket orders
If your Ticketmaster account has any unpaid ticket orders or you failed to pay for ticket orders that you placed, your account will be locked. This prevents you from ordering any more tickets until the outstanding balance is paid.
To regain access, you will need to pay off the unpaid ticket orders or overdue balance on your account. Contact Ticketmaster Customer Service if you need assistance determining the unpaid balance or taking care of any outstanding payments.
Your account was compromised
In some cases, hackers or bad actors may gain unauthorized access to Ticketmaster accounts through phishing, credential stuffing attacks or password leaks. If Ticketmaster believes your account security was compromised, they will lock the account to prevent fraudulent activity.
If this happens, you will need to contact Customer Service and explain that your account was compromised. They will guide you through the process of securing and reactivating your account. This typically involves resetting your password, confirming your identity, and possibly setting up extra security protections.
- Using bots, scripts or automation software to purchase tickets
- Buying tickets under false pretenses with no intention to actually attend the event
- Purchasing tickets for the sole purpose of reselling them at a higher price
If Ticketmaster cancelled your orders and suspended your account for one of these reasons, you will have to contact Customer Service and appeal the decision. Explain why you believe it was made in error. However, if you did in fact violate the Terms, the account suspension will likely remain upheld.
Your name, billing or shipping details don’t match
For security purposes, Ticketmaster will lock accounts if the personal details don’t match up. For example, if the name on your credit card doesn’t match the name used to register your Ticketmaster account. Or if your saved shipping address doesn’t match your billing address.
To unlock your account, you will need to update your details so the name, shipping address, and billing info all match and align properly. Reach out to Customer Service if you need help reconciling any discrepancies.
How to avoid your Ticketmaster account getting locked
While frustrating, a locked Ticketmaster account is usually just a minor setback that can be reversed by taking a few simple steps. But avoiding the lock in the first place is always preferable. Here are some tips to help prevent your Ticketmaster account from getting locked:
- Log into your Ticketmaster account periodically to keep it active
- Use a strong, unique password and enable two-factor authentication
- Monitor your account for unauthorized access attempts
- Keep your contact information and payment methods up-to-date
- Pay any outstanding ticket order balances promptly
- Make sure your personal details are all accurate and consistent
Following these simple precautions will help avoid the most common scenarios that can lead to a locked Ticketmaster account. But if your account does become locked, just use the troubleshooting tips in this article to get it unlocked quickly!