Music Stars Fight Ticket Scams
British musicians including singer/songwriter KATE NASH, BLUR star DAVE ROWNTREE and rockers FIGHTSTAR have teamed up to fight online ticket scams - launching a campaign to help protect their fans from fraud.
The stars have joined forces with the U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to launch the scheme which aims to raise awareness of online tricksters selling fake tickets to gigs and festivals.
Nash admits one of her friends lost money in a ticketing scam last year (08), and she is determined to help fight the internet fraudsters.
She tells Sky News, "He was so excited. He had been planning the whole trip for ages, but two days before the festival the tickets still hadn't arrived. He was so disappointed that he couldn't go. He lost his money and his friends who had bought legitimate tickets went without him. People should check that the website selling the tickets is legitimate before they buy. I think it's disgusting really, scamming people who want to go to gigs and have a good time. They just get ripped off and disappointed, turning something positive into something negative."
The news comes after fans of British rock band Muse were targeted in an online con. A number of gig-goers were turned away from the group's shows in Devon, England last weekend (05-06Sep09) after they purchased tickets that didn't exist.
Spokesman for the OFT, Mike Haley, says, "We're working hard with other law enforcement agencies to crack down on these types of crimes and consumers can help themselves to avoid falling victim by knowing how to spot a scam site."