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AEG Ogden applauds Queensland Police arrests ahead of Brisbane Ed Sheeran concerts

AEG Ogden applauds Queensland Police arrests ahead of Brisbane Ed Sheeran concerts
March 16, 2018

AEG Ogden, the Asia Pacific region's leading venue management company, has applauded the Queensland Police Service action which has resulted in the arrest of a man alleged to have defrauded a number of people seeking tickets for next week’s Ed Sheeran concerts at Suncorp Stadium.

AEG Ogden’s Chief Operating Officer, Rod Pilbeam said the arrest was a timely warning about unauthorised ticket sales ahead of the Ed Sheeran concerts.

Pilbeam explained “more than 100,000 tickets have been sold for next week’s concerts, however, if they were not purchased through the authorised agent Ticketek, there could be cause for concern.

“Ticketholders who didn’t purchase through the authorised agent can contact Ticketek on 132 849 to check if their tickets will admit them to the concert.”

Pilbeam said the resale of entertainment and sports entry tickets at inflated prices, otherwise known as scalping, was a scourge perpetrated by greedy people against generally innocent fans.

He added “it’s a multi-million dollar industry that has attracted major criminal groups and tempted major companies to participate in the easy profits that flow from this deceit.

“Many of the transactions are based on fraudulent behaviour including the use of stolen credit cards, or through the misrepresentation of tickets being offered, including reselling them a number of times. In the former situation, we find out well prior to the event that the credit charge has been declined, and we cancel the ticket sale transaction which prevents the code on the tickets being admitted to the venue. When multiple copies of a ticket are presented, a number of would be patrons miss out on the event.

“The majority of scalping activity is carried on in a planned strategy that involves back room operators located all around the globe, first farming tickets from legitimate outlets by various means, and then putting them up for sale at highly inflated prices on ticket resale web sites that seem to the general public to be legitimate sources of tickets. These resale platforms take no interest in any way in verifying whether any of the tickets listed is legitimate. They simply charge large fees along the way from the seller to the buyer - often 25% and more of the eventual selling price.

“While we don’t know the details of the case surrounding this morning’s arrest in Brisbane, the statement issued by Queensland Police indicates that the man involved is suspected of exactly this activity, but has been caught by the Financial and Cyber Crime Group investigating computer hacking,” he said.

Pilbeam said Australia’s entertainment and sporting industries have been working for a number of years to raise the profile of this problem, while Live Performance Australia (concert industry’s peak body) is engaged with the ACCC in seeking tougher regulations to try and limit this illegal and immoral activity.

Pilbeam concluded “we have recently stepped up our efforts in association with state police forces and consumer rights groups to make the public wiser about the traps that are out there on the internet.

“Patrons should buy their tickets ONLY from the authorised ticket outlet. For Suncorp Stadium, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre this is Ticketek.

“Any other sites offering tickets are bogus and probably operating fraudulently. Particularly, do NOT buy tickets from viaGogo which operates from Switzerland on events all around the world and is on international consumer protection authorities’ hit lists of criminally fraudulent activity on a massive scale.

“Intending patrons who are unsure of the legitimate ticket agent for other events should contact the venue of the event to ensure they purchase from the legitimate outlet or website.” 

Images: Suncorp Stadium in concert mode (top), Rod Pilbeam (middle) and Ed Sheeran at Melbourne's AAMI Park in 2015 (below).

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10th March 2018 - ANZ STADIUM WARNS FANS TO BEWARE OF UNAUTHORISED ED SHEERAN TICKET SALES

8th March 2018 - GUDINSKI: ‘PROMOTERS AREN’T THE BAD GUYS’ IN ED SHEERAN TICKET SCALPING DEBATE

23rd January 2018 - AUSTRALIAN OPEN FANS TURNED AWAY AFTER BUYING RESALE TICKETS 

23rd November 2017 - GOOGLE UPDATES ADWORDS POLICY TO RESTRICT ONLINE TICKET SCALPERS 

17th November 2017 - AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BEGINS TICKET SCALPING CONSULTATION 

16th November 2017 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA PASSES 100 YEAR OPERATIONAL LANDMARK 

5th October 2017 - CHOICE NAMES VIAGOGO AMONG AUSTRALIA’S SHONKIEST PRODUCTS OF 2017 

1st September 2017 - GOOGLE URGED TO BLOCK ONLINE RESELLERS WHO DUPE TICKET BUYERS

28th August 2017 - ACCC COMMENCES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST TICKET RESELLER VIAGOGO

26th November 2015 - 2015 AEG OGDEN SCHOLARSHIP WINNER REVEALED AT VENUE MANAGEMENT SCHOOL 

25th September 2013 - 500,000 AUSTRALIANS A YEAR CAUGHT OUT BY ONLINE TICKET SCAMS

19th May 2008 - PILBEAM SLAMS MADONNA TICKET RESELLING


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