Ticket sales website shut down on suspicion of fraud

Site had allegedly taken £2.5million from fans

A secondary ticket website has been shut down amid fears of fraud, leaving thousands of fans potentially out of pocket.

Paperticket.co.uk was shut down by the Metropolitan Police on Friday (October 17), reports BBC News.

The site had been selling tickets for show by bands including The Killers and Kings Of Leon.

Anyone who had purchased tickets from the site is being advised to contact the government’s Consumer Direct advice service for information on how to proceed.

Those who used credit or debit cards to buy tickets may be able to obtain a refund from their card issuers.

Paperticket.co.uk has reportedly received more than £2.5million from people’s credit cards since it started up earlier this year. Last Friday morning £120,000 is believed to have been taken from people’s credit cards.

Many fans did not receive tickets through the post after money was taken from their accounts.

Graham Burns of the Association For Secondary Ticket Agents (Asta) had been “concerned for weeks” about tickets on sale through the site at “unrealistically low prices”.

He said: “We made our concerns known to the authorities. We would urge consumers only to but tickets on the internet from accredited suppliers or legitimate ticket brokers who have signed up to the Asta Code Of Conduct.”

Earlier this year hundreds of people were left without tickets for the V Festival after SOS Master Tickets failed to deliver.

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