Ed Sheeran kicks off his two-night stand at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium tonight in front of a full house. One man, however, won’t be singing along. Queensland police arrested and charged a scalper who duped Sheeran fans into buying non-existent tickets to one of the concerts.
A 33-year-old man was charged with two counts of fraud after he was found to have “contacted interested concertgoers on a non-authorised online ticket platform” and offered to sell them tickets. There was one big catch: those tickets didn’t actually exist.
The victims, all women from south east Queensland and aged between 40 and 55, paid the man via bank transfer but never received the tickets.
The State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group made the arrest after an investigation into computer hacking and fraud, and he’s due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 3.
Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence asked consumers to remain vigilant and dob-in non-authorised, secondary resale sites. “This is another clear example of buyer beware,” Lawrence said. “I urge entertainment ticket buyers and all buyers of online products to keep control of their purchase. Only use the official authorised sellers and their platforms. Do not move away from those platforms to buy tickets or items, particularly if asked to. It is most likely you are being scammed.”