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Warning issued for fake music festival tickets in Australia

Written by on 23rd February 2019

Warning issued for fake music festival tickets in Australia

Authorities in Australia have issued a warning for fake festival and concert tickets after a woman was found to have conned buyers out of $10,000.

According to Daily Mail, 19-year-old Hannah Valentine pleaded guilty to 28 fraud charges in connection to a ticketing scam. She allegedly conned more than 100 people in search of festival and concert tickets by using fake profiles on Facebook and Gumtree.

ABC revealed fake names that Valentine allegedly used during the scam included Natalia Sparrow, Daniella Walsh, Hannah Jane Mathews, HannahVal, Sophie-Marie Lewis and Jessica Lewis.

One of the main events Valentine scammed would-be ticket buyers for was Listen Out, a multi-city music festival organized by Post Malone and Seasons events that previously hosted performances by Skrillex, Skepta, Camelphat and Snakehips.

Senior Constable Fraser Munro told the ABC about how Valentine scammed potential ticket buyers: “She received money via direct transfer into her bank accounts … but the tickets were either altered, or they’re just fake tickets in general, and other times she didn’t send the victims anything in return”.

Valentine is set to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 18.

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