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Robbie, Gorillaz fans scammed by fake ticket site

A fraudulent website which sold non-existent tickets to a number of popular events, including Goldenvoice’s Demon Dayz Festival in Margate and dates by Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart, has been shut down.

Victims who handed money over to Goticketsuk.com were told as the shows approached that tickets could not be sent, with calls and emails requesting a refund left unanswered.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) warned last March that ticket fraud rose in the UK by 55% in 2015, and a year later more than 1,500 people attempted to buy tickets from Surfed Arts, a fake secondary ticketing site set up by the City of London police.

According to NFIB, the site told buyers “they will receive physical tickets along with further correspondence nearer to the event date; however, as the concert or event date has drawn closer and victims have attempted to contact Goticketsuk.com for an update, a response has been received suggesting a number of reasons why tickets cannot be sent.

Ticket fraud rose 55% in the UK in 2015

“These include an overbooking of tickets at the venue, a delay receiving the tickets from a supplier or that the tickets have simply had to be cancelled.

“When victims have responded to the email or attempted to seek further information via Goticketsuk.com’s social media platforms, there has been no further contact. Some reports have also indicated that victims have been promised a refund, though we are currently unaware of any refunds being awarded.”

NFIB says affected events include Demon Dayz and a Robbie Williams (pictured) show, while the Shropshire Star quotes another Goticketsuk.com customer who planned to see Rod Stewart at Shrewsbury Town FC last week.


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