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Old 05-17-2002, 12:29 PM   #1
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I found this article in Sky News about U2 concert scam....

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I found an article on Sky News today about a U2 concert scam.....here it is...

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U2 Fans Stuck In A Scam





U2 fans have been hit by a ticketing scam for a European concert that never existed, according to reports.


The band were advertised to play the Amsterdam Arena over the summer through the LatestEvents.com website for 199, including travel and accomodation.

'Unscrupulous people'

But U2 were never booked to play the show, according to nme.com, and after announcing the "cancellation" of the concert, the London firm subtracted 17.50 from each package for their "insurance fee."

John Giddings, the band's global tour manager told the Daily Mirror that he feels severe action should be taken against those responsible.

He added: "These unscrupulous people were taking deposits for a tour that didn't exist."

Swindle

"One had been considered - no more than that. These people made the rest up. I think they should be jailed."

Kevin Brown, a co-director of the company responsible, claimed they had not swindled fans.

He went on to insist that the band had been confirmed for the venue, despite assurances from U2's management and the venue itself that the opposite was true.
Oh man this makes me angry to know that some U2 fans were victimised in this way and I just pray that none of you interferencers have inadvertently become a victim of this cruel scam.

Hmmmm, I dont recall anything like this before. I wonder if this kind of thing had happened to U2 fans before?

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Old 05-17-2002, 01:13 PM   #2
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That is outrageous. I hope they are jailed. 17 quid for insurance? what a scam.
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Old 05-17-2002, 11:33 PM   #3
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Hooray for me! I was coming here to post this story but I read the page first and found it already had a thread, good for me!

U2 FURY OVER TICKET SCAM
May 17, 2002


U2 fans hoping to see their heroes play in Europe have been stung by a
simple ticketing scam.

Tickets for a show at the Amsterdam Arena this summer were advertised and
sold through website LatestEvents.com, part of a London firm called Total
Entertainment Ltd. The 199 fee included tickets, travel and accommodation.
However, U2 were never booked to play the Amsterdam Arena. After announcing
the "cancellation" of the gig, Total Entertainment subtracted 17.50 from
each package sold for their "insurance fee."

The scam has enraged U2. John Giddings, the band's global tour manager, said
he feels severe action should be taken against those responsible.

"These unscrupulous people were taking deposits for a tour that didn't
exist," he told The Daily Mirror. "One had been considered - no more than
that. These people made the rest up. I think they should be jailed."

Kevin Brown, a co-director of the company responsible, claimed they hadn't
swindled fans. "We don't do that. We've been around for a very long time. We
only sell confirmed tickets."

He went on to insist that U2 had been confirmed for the venue, despite
assurance from U2 management and the venue itself that the opposite was
true.


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