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Thousands of Taylor Swift fans ripped off by ticket sales scam
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau is investigating a Taylor Swift ticket scam that it’s feared has fleeced thousands of her UK fans.
Fraud investigators say they are receiving “hundreds of complaints a day” about the scam website, CircleTickets.com, which advertised tickets for the US star’s current British tour at over £100 each.
The scam is believed to involve millions of pounds.
Fans of other stars, including Paloma Faith and Ed Sheeran, have also fallen victim to the fraud.
The Circle Tickets site appears to have featured fake reviews and a bogus registered address.
It’s also believed that fake reviews were placed on its Facebook page and elsewhere on the internet to fool buyers the company was legitimate.
Hundreds of ripped-off fans have now raised the alarm about the company on social media.
One victim who contacted A Spokesman Said is Alisha Allkins, 17, who used a debit card to buy two tickets for £212 for the Taylor Swift gig next Wednesday.
Alisha, who planned to make a three to four-hour journey with a friend from her home in the West country to the concert in Manchester, says she bought the tickets over a month ago.
“I had never heard of the website circletickets.com but I searched reviews and they all seemed great!
“As well as this they had verification on their website that said they are partnered with Barclaycard, so of course I assumed they were safe!”
But, like hundreds of other victims, Alisha heard nothing more after receiving a confirmation email.
Barclaycard have no connection with the bogus firm.
When the company’s advertised phone number is called it goes to hold music and a message tells the caller the voicemail is full.
Alisha also tried emailing, but had no response.
Yesterday the site itself disappeared.
“I've luckily been able to find legitimate tickets elsewhere,” said Alisha.
No one had heard of Circle Tickets at the London address listed on its site, and its Facebook page was full of angry complaints and warnings.