Saturday 19 April 2014

Garth Brooks: Gardai issue fraud warning as tickets go on sale for over €1,000

Warnings about the dangers of buying from unauthorised sources

Garth Brooks at Croke Park when his tour dates were announced

FRUSTRATED music fans are being reminded about the dangers of buying a concert ticket from unauthorised sources.

Gardai have issued a warning that tickets should only be purchased from the proper outlets, to protect against fraud and ultimately disappointment.

It comes as ticket touts have begun exploiting Garth Brooks fans. And some fraudsters have tried to sell counterfeit tickets to cash in on the huge demand for the Croke Park shows.

The 250,000 tickets for the three gigs sold out within two hours of going on official sale and are now being put on the market

for over €1,000.

Gardai have said a man was arrested in Galway earlier this week as part of an investigation into the sale of counterfeit concert tickets over the internet.

The man, aged in his 20s, was arrested when officers stopped and searched a car in the Tuam area. A number of counterfeit tickets were recovered and mobile phones seized.

The man was later charged.

Luke Byrne

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