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Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars concert ticket scammer jailed for rip-offs

A “cunning” Brisbane serial conman who ripped off a dozen victims, including fans of Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars by pretending to sell them concert tickets online, has not repaid a cent of his $200,000-plus frauds and probably never will, a court has heard.
reports - Vanda Carson, court reporter, The Courier-Mail

The serial conman who ripped off a dozen victims all over Australia, including fans of musicians Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars by pretending to sell them tickets online, has not repaid a cent and probably never will, a court has heard.

A former hospitality worker from south of Brisbane, was today sentenced to five-and-a-half years jail by the District Court Judge. The man swindled a total of more than $200,000 from his victims between 2015 and 2018 from music fans he found through classified websites.

In sentencing Judge Chowdhury described the Brisbane mans actions as “persistent, deliberate and cunning frauds which left numerous people out of pocket”.

“There is no suggestion you have made any restitution to them, I expect you … probably never will,” Judge Chowdhury said. "The actions of ripping off eager concert-goers he found on various classified websites in February 2018 by pretending to have tickets and tricking them into sending money for tickets he never sent were “really mean in nature”.

More info: https://www.couriermail.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts/ed-sheeran-bruno-mars-concert-ticket-scammer-jailed-for-ripoffs/news-story/0df5424089db3565f18e715afc16c89b

Tips for ensuring that you are not effected by Ticket Scalping...
ONLY BUY FROM OFFICIAL AND AUTHORIZED TICKET SELLERS.

  • Most common unauthorised resellers in Australia include: eBay, Gumtree, Viagogo, Ticketmaster Resale, The Ticket Merchant, Queen of Tickets, ticketbis etc

  • The only way to guarantee that you are able to attend your event is to purchase through the official seller, in this case it is Ticketek.  Resellers may be able to offer a refund of your money after reviewing your complaint but cannot offer you a service through the Venue Box Office

More information about Qudos Bank Arena's Fans First Program and initiative to stop Ticket Scalping and disappointed fan - head here: Fans First

And check out the NSW Fair Trade Practices and Rules surrounding Ticket Reselling / Scalping:
https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/buying-products-and-services/buying-services/buying-tickets-and-ticket-reselling

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