Ticket Fraudster Jailed For £4m Scam

A London ticket fraudster has been jailed for 22 months after being found guilty of running a scam website which brought in £4m.

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A London ticket fraudster has been jailed for 22 months after being found guilty of running a scam website which brought in £4m.

David Spanton had been disqualified from running ticketing firms in 2009 as a result of a previous offence.

Now police have applied to recover the profits of his illegal activities in an attempt to stop him running a similar scam when he's released from prison.

Spanton ran a website offering tickets for music and sporting events. Once buyers' money had been taken his firm either arranged to meet buyers an an event's venue and didn't turn up, or advised them that their bid to buy passes hadn't been successful but refunds would not be given.

A victim named only as Emma told the BBC: "I spent £750. I got an email saying their allocation of tickets hadn't been successful they'd done everything they could. No tickets, and they had £750 of my money."

Another customer lost £3790 after paying the money to Spanton for Champions League final tickets.

Detective Superintendent Nick Downing said officers were often unaware of such frauds because people were able to get their money back from their credit card companies leaving criminals like Spanton with large bank balances.

"Historically, ticketing fraud hasn't been reported," Spanton said. "This causes problems because when you're trying to get it on a policing agenda or government agenda, there are no reports.

"People don't see the impact of someone who bought a ticket from a website, who gets told to meet someone at the venue who's never going to turn up. It's cruel."

8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    corza334
    Came here hoping to read: "Ticket scammer caught scalping 857000 Brisbane Soundwave tickets. Tickets have been put back on market." Sigh. A man can dream.
    Jesus_Dean
    "Now police have applied to recover the profits of his illegal activities in an attempt to stop him running a similar scam when hes released from prison." ...so he still has the money somewhere? For that amount of money, I would gladly go to prison for 22 months. Every time some butt-burglar came too close, I would pay some other con to get rid of him for me. With that kind of cash, everybody in prison is your friend.
    Obama FTW
    Wow. I'd be really pissed if I lost $750 or $3790 dollars trying to buy tickets.
    Dude475
    Its actually more than that because its in euros. But ya id be angry too. Just like live nations rips offs. I paid $200 for a vip package to the mayhem fest and no vip experience at all. I feel for you lonodn people
    jamie_hough
    Not to be an corrective cretin but its actually in pound sterling - so its even more than that too lol
    bearmod
    It sucks that these people lost money, but they should really be more aware and use established vendors like Ticketmaster and Live Nation or just buy them straight from the venue. I'm not trying to be a dick but c'mon guys, use a little common sense, if it sounds shady or doesn't look legit don't give them anything.
    Scotty Evil
    UG, this is a poorly written article, but its better than your standard so well done