What should I know about people who are "scalping" Alcatraz tickets?
Visitors are sometimes approached by individuals offering to sell them Alcatraz tickets at greatly inflated prices. This practice is called "scalping" and it is illegal.
Purchasing tickets from scalpers is risky for several reasons. First, there is no assurance those tickets are actually valid for an Alcatraz Island tour. Second, buying a third-party ticket may actually delay your trip to the Island. Visitors are required to show proof that they are the actual purchaser of a ticket, and if unable to confirm this ‘proof of purchase’ they may not be allowed on the boat.
Also, be advised that numerous websites offer to sell Alcatraz tickets with “service charges” attached. Be sure to read all the charges listed in the small print.
As the Romans used to say, "Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware”.