Tue. Jan 26th, 2021

Touts used false IDs and bots to harvest tickets, court hears

Pair accused of reselling Ed Sheeran and Harry Potter tickets at inflated prices

Two ticket touts who used false identities and bots to harvest event tickets at the expense of fans and sell them for £11m through websites such as Viagogo were “dishonest fraudsters motivated by greed”, a court has heard.

Lawyers acting for National Trading Standards told a jury at Leeds crown court that the pair tried to “milk profit” from genuine fans by reselling tickets for Ed Sheeran gigs, the Chelsea flower show, and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play at inflated prices.

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