Warning to fans on Grand Final ticket scams after two horror stories
Two eager footy fans have become victims of ticket scalpers after trying to secure their way to big game on Saturday.
Jeffrey White paid $1450 for what would have been seven tickets after a woman responded to his ad on Gumtree.
The woman asked him to send proof of payment, promising to then send ticket barcodes in return.
She never did, then blocked Jeffery’s number and then tried to scam his fiancé when she got in contact.
Teresa Willing is another victim who has been stung for $375, also trying to secure tickets through Gumtree.
The scammer said he was in Melbourne and couldn’t attend.
Once Teresa had sent money, the scammer said the tickets were non-transferrable, asked for her details but never transferred the money back.
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Under new legislation introduced earlier this month, tickets can only be resold for 10 per cent above the purchase price.
Director of Retail and Services at Consumer Protection Trish Blake said her team has been working hard to prevent scams.
“We have certainly seen a number of ads that didn’t comply with the new ticket scalping legislation,” she told Gary Adshead filling in for Liam Bartlett on 6PR Mornings.
“If we can find the individuals, we can report it to the police, and we can get the police to take action, because that’s fraud and theft.
“If someone is simply selling for higher than the permissible amount, then we can take action against them, we can prosecute them even from Western Australia.”
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