Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have purchased tickets from a seller on Facebook and never received them.Â
The fraudster had been offering discounted tickets for West End shows through an Essex based Facebook page claiming to operate as a charity called â€œShooting Star Theatreâ€.Â
The Facebook page, which has over 1.7k likes, was offering tickets to Matilda, Lion King, Aladdin and many more, but has been now closed down by the fraudster.Â
Victims have reported paying for the tickets using PayPal and direct bank transfer, with losses ranging between Â£40 -Â£240.Â
So far 43 reports to Action Fraud have been assessed and analysed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and have been sent to the police for further investigation.Â
Online ticket fraud rose by 55% in 2015, costing the UK public Â£5.2 million. Recent findings show that 21% of crimes relating to ticket fraud were instigated via Facebook and 6% on Twitter. Follow this advice when buying tickets online to avoid being scammed.Â
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.