Man arrested over fake Ed Sheeran tickets

By , 25/04/2020 19:37

Unofficial ticket re-sell sites reported prices as high as $3500 for a ticket to a Sheeran show.Police expect more victims to come forward after a number of Ed Sheeran fans were ripped off by an online fraudster selling fake tickets to the singer’s Brisbane concerts.
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A 33-year-old Brisbane man allegedly tricked several women into transferring money for tickets that were never sent, Queensland Police said.

It is alleged the man contacted a number of eager concertgoers, aged between 40 and 55, online pretending to have tickets.

Five more victims have come forward since the man’s arrest on Friday morning.

Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence said fake tickets for the tour had been a problem around the country and he expected dozens of victims would come forward as news about the scam spread,

“This is a common thing we see all the time. People selling things that don’t exist,” he told reporters on Friday.

“People have an emotional investment in this because they want to see their star.”

The victims’ money has not been recovered.

The man appearsed to be an experienced scam artist who had opened the bank account under a fake name.

A search warrant had been issued against him for other fraud-related offences with police finding evidence of the false ticket transactions.

Police warned those wanting to catch Sheeran live should only use authorised websites to buy tickets or risk being scammed.

“Ninety-nine per cent of the time you will be scammed,” Det Supintd Lawrence said.

Sheeran tour promoter Frontier Touring applauded Queensland Police on taking proactive anti-scalping action.

The touring company wants Federal and state governments to consider nationwide legislation to protect fans.

Sheeran’s n tour all but sold out in hours and unofficial ticket re-sell sites have reported prices as high as $3500 for a ticket to a Melbourne show.

Prices in Brisbane, for one of the two concerts, reached $700 for two tickets.

Sheeran’s tour sold more than one million tickets nationally, beating a record set by Dire Straits’ in the 1980s.

The British rockers sold 950,000 tickets on their n and New Zealand tour in 1986.

Frontier Touring head Michael Gudinski said despite hosting some of the biggest names in the world like The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, he was blown away by the response to Sheeran’s shows.

“I’ve never seen a tour like Ed’s. To sell one million tickets is simply phenomenal,” he said.

The eighteen-show tour broke seven records including biggest stadium tour of and New Zealand and record for the number of shows on one tour.

The man was charged with two counts of fraud and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 3.

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