Norfolk man targeted by ticketing scam

Matthew SparkesA Norfolk man who lost �186 to a fake ticket scam is backing a campaign by trading standards to stamp out the practice.Matthew Sparkes

A Norfolk man who lost �186 to a fake ticket scam is backing a campaign by trading standards to stamp out the practice.

Clive Humphreys, 45, from Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth, visited a website to buy tickets for him and his three daughters to a JLS concert.

The event had sold out directly from the venue itself, but Mr Humphreys parted with �186 for four tickets on a third party site.

Near to the date of the concert he found that no tickets arrived, the email address he was given for the firm was not working and the website had disappeared.

An investigation by trading standards and the police is still ongoing, but the culprits have not been tracked down.

Mr Humphreys said: 'I ended up out of pocket and with three disappointed daughters who couldn't attend the concert that they were excited to think they were going to.'

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Trading standards officers from Norfolk will now visit the University of East Anglia on Tuesday from 10am to 2pm to warn students on how to avoid falling foul of such sites.

This will coincide with the Office of Fair Trading's national Just Tick It campaign to educate the public.

Find advice on fake ticket websites at www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/ticketscams