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

Warnings about the dangers of buying from unauthorised sources

Published 01/02/2014 | 07:13

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Garth Brooks at Croke Park when his tour dates were announced
30/01/2014
STORY BY DAVID RALEIGH
Garth Brooks fans Joanne Mulcahy and Kate Ronan from Corbally, Limerick who queued outside Gleeson's Sports Scene Limerick for 2 days for tickets only to be told there were none when they got to the door.
Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22
Garth Brooks fans Joanne Mulcahy and Kate Ronan from Corbally, Limerick who queued outside Gleeson's Sports Scene Limerick for 2 days for tickets only to be told there were none when they got to the door. Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22
Emma Kenny Crumlin  who got their Garth Brooks Tickets in Stephens Green This Morning
Emma Kenny Crumlin who got their Garth Brooks Tickets in Stephens Green This Morning

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

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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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