AEG Ogden, the leading venue management company in the Asia Pacific region, has applauded the Queensland Police Service action which has resulted in the arrest of a man alleged to have defrauded a number of people seeking tickets for next week’s Ed Sheeran concerts at Suncorp Stadium.
AEG Ogden’s Chief Operating Officer, Rod Pilbeam said the arrest was a timely warning about unauthorised ticket sales ahead of the Sheeran concerts.
“More than 100,000 tickets have been sold for next week’s concerts, however if they were not purchased through the authorised agent Ticketek, there could be cause for concern.
“Ticketholders who didn’t purchase through the authorised agent can contact Ticketek on 132 849 to check if their tickets will admit them to the concert.”
Mr. Pilbeam said the resale of entertainment and sports entry tickets at inflated prices, otherwise known as scalping, was a scourge perpetrated by greedy people against generally innocent fans.
“It’s a multi-million dollar industry that has attracted major criminal groups and tempted major companies to participate in the easy profits that flow from this deceit.
“Many of the transactions are based on fraudulent behaviour including the use of stolen credit cards, or through the misrepresentation of tickets being offered, including reselling them a number of times. In the former situation, we find out well prior to the event that the credit charge has been declined, and we cancel the ticket sale transaction which prevents the code on the tickets being admitted to the venue. When multiple copies of a ticket are presented, a number of would be patrons miss out on the event."
“The majority of scalping activity is carried on in a planned strategy that involves back room operators located all around the globe, first farming tickets from legitimate outlets by various means, and then putting them up for sale at highly inflated prices on ticket resale web sites that seem to the general public to be legitimate sources of tickets. These resale platforms take no interest in any way in verifying whether any of the tickets listed is legitimate. They simply charge large fees along the way from the seller to the buyer - often 25% and more of the eventual selling price."
“While we don’t know the details of the case surrounding this morning’s arrest in Brisbane, the statement issued by Queensland Police indicates that the man involved is suspected of exactly this activity, but has been caught by the Financial and Cyber Crime Group investigating computer hacking,” he said.
Mr. Pilbeam said Australia’s entertainment and sporting industries have been working for a number of years to raise the profile of this problem, while Live Performance Australia (concert industry’s peak body) is engaged with the ACCC in seeking tougher regulations to try and limit this illegal and immoral activity."
“We have recently stepped up our efforts in association with state police forces and consumer rights groups to make the public wiser about the traps that are out there on the internet.”
“Patrons should buy their tickets ONLY from the authorised ticket outlet. For Suncorp Stadium, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre this is Ticketek (www.ticketek.com.au). Any other sites offering tickets are bogus and probably operating fraudulently. Particularly, do NOT buy tickets from viaGogo which operates from Switzerland on events all around the world and is on international consumer protection authorities’ hit lists of criminally fraudulent activity on a massive scale.
“Intending patrons who are unsure of the legitimate ticket agent for other events should contact the venue of the event to ensure they purchase from the legitimate outlet or website,” he concluded.
About AEG Ogden
AEG Ogden is part of AEG Facilities of the United States, a division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company.
AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Perth Arena, and Dubai Arena (opening December 2018); Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, and the ICC Sydney. AEG Ogden is also the owner of National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings. More information aegogden.com
In addition, AEG Facilities and its affiliates, owns, operates or consults with more than 120 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents. More information aegworldwide.com.
Queensland Police announcement:
Man arrested over fraudulent Ed Sheeran ticket sales
myPolice on Mar 16, 2018 @ 10:48am
A 33-year-old man has been charged by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group following an investigation into computer hacking and fraud including the online sale of non-existent tickets to Ed Sheeran’s upcoming Brisbane concerts.
Detectives will allege that a man contacted interested concert-goers on a non-authorised online ticket platform and offered to sell them tickets.
A number of people then paid the man for the tickets via a bank transfer, but never received them.
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. 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.”
The man has been charged with two offences of Fraud and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 3 April 2018 and investigations are continuing.
All victims were women aged from 40 to 55 years old and were from the Brisbane and the Gold Coast.