A student has warned music fans to check who they buy tickets from after losing £180 to an online fraudster who promised Killers briefs.
Abertay student Kenzie Foth, 22, was offered tickets to the American rock band’s sold-out gig in Aberdeen last month by a seller on Facebook.
After transferring £180 to the seller’s bank account, Kenzie, originally from Germany, said communication broke down before the scammer disappeared altogether.
She said: “The concert was supposed to be on November 22 so it seemed plausible that I wouldn’t receive them until closer to the event.
“At first she wanted the transfer done through Western Union, which I said I wouldn’t do.
“The reason she said it had to be a bank transfer was that it was her parents’ account and it would be easier that way.”
After the scammer fell silent, Kenzie found other Facebook users had fallen victim, adding: “I eventually found out that she had been selling tickets to a bunch of other people too, tickets that I had technically already bought. I can’t believe she got so many other people — someone from Aberdeen and even someone in the US.”
The Tele contacted a number of those affected, who all confirmed they had lost money to the scammer.
Attempts to contact the seller via email and Facebook were met with no response. A phone number given by her was invalid.
As she made the transfer from her German bank account at home, Kenzie said that, despite their best intentions, police were unable to help. Her bank has also said it is unlikely she will be able to recover the money.
However, she wanted to issue a warning to people considering buying tickets from private sellers — despite having bought tickets in a similar way herself in the past without issue.
She added: “I only got a bank account a year or so ago when I became a student. If I had been more knowledgeable, I might have seen the red flags.”
Action Fraud, the UK’s national centre for fraud and cyber crime, recommends using a secure payment such as PayPal or a credit card when buying from private sellers, as these offer more protection against fraud than a debit card or bank transfers.
Its advice says: “Avoid making payments through bank transfer or money transfer services, as the payment may not be recoverable.”