Kings Of Leon are just one of many big-name music acts to have been hit by fraudsters targeting the web’s most popular secondary ticket sites, reports the BBC.
An investigation by BBC Radio 4 found that Viagogo, Seatwave, Getmein and Stubhub have all been hit by fake e-tickets, with one victim describing their experience after purchasing tickets to see Kings Of Leon at the O2 in London.
“I bought tickets from Getmein,” Clifford Richards told the station. “We went in, got through the barriers, she scanned the barcode and looked at me a bit funny and called a supervisor over. They said the tickets were duplicates and we wouldn’t be allowed in.”
The report on Radio 4’s You and Yours programme found one seller had spent time harnessing a trusted reputation on the sites, before flooding the online market with fraudulent tickets.
“On a big show where there are a lot of e-tickets you can get up to 100 people a night affected,” Stuart Cain, head of ticketing at Birmingham’s LG Arena revealed.
“It’s supply and demand, the e-touts know which concerts to go for.”