Fake festival tickets students plead guilty

Two former students of Southampton Solent University pleaded guilty to charges regarding a scam to sell fake festival tickets.  David Martins and Dale Frost are thought to have raked in a total of about 11,000 pounds by selling the fake tickets through a website they created.  Included, were tickets to music events like the Reading Festival, Isle of White Festival, and Download.

It is believed that some 80 customers paid around 250 pounds each for tickets that would never have allowed them entry to the events.  Each buyer believed the tickets to be genuine despite a statement under terms and conditions that said the tickets did not guarantee admittance.

In fact, when the buyers received their tickets they found the word “novelty” was printed on the face of each one.

It seems that the pair themselves, each 21 years old, have not paid back the money.  Most of the buyers, however, have made recovery through agencies they used for purchase such as Google Checkout and PayPal.

Martins and Frost pleaded guilty to offences of fraud in Southampton Magistrate’s Court.  The court adjourned the case for a month before sentencing.

Matthew Dean from the Southampton City Council expressed that the case was very brash, but by no means extraordinary.  He recommends caution when spending money online.

It is reported that last year just under 10 per cent of ticket buyers said that they had been cheated by a scam.  In the event that you can deal directly with the venue, it is recommended to do so rather than using a middleman.