A MAN has been arrested and charged with fraud after allegedly selling a stash of fake Ed Sheeran concert tickets to people in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
The 33-year-old Brisbane man was arrested by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Group on Friday morning.
It’s alleged the man had contacted Ed Sheeran fans through a non-authorised ticket site and offered to sell them tickets to his highly sought after concerts.
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A number of people paid the man for the tickets via a bank transfer, but never received them.
Police said the victims were all women aged between 40-55 and were all from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
The man has since been charged with two counts of fraud and will front Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 3.
Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence said Queenslanders had contacted police to report scams offering concert tickets on non-authorised, secondary resale sites.
“This is another clear example of buyer beware,” Detective Supt 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.”
Investigations into the ticket scam are continuing.