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Sunday 22 September 2019

Conman offering All-Ireland final tickets scams mother for €420

Cusack Stand: ‘Siobhán’ had been promised tickets. Picture: Sportsfile
Cusack Stand: ‘Siobhán’ had been promised tickets. Picture: Sportsfile
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

A mother has lost €420 after falling victim to an elaborate scam to sell All-Ireland final tickets to her.

A notorious serial conman is believed to have gained the trust of the GAA fan, who contacted him on Adverts.ie.

Speaking on RTÉ's 'Liveline', 'Siobhán' - not her real name - said the man had initially offered her two Cusack Stand tickets at face value for Sunday's Dublin v Kerry clash.

They spoke over the phone for more than an hour and agreed to exchange social media accounts as an extra precaution.

Asked why she wanted the tickets by the scammer, Siobhán said it would mean the world to her 14-year-old daughter, whose late father had been an avid Dubs fan.

The conman said three more tickets had come into his possession and asked if she knew of any "genuine fans" that were interested in one premium and two Hill seats.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Siobhán said she contacted her friends who were "over the moon" at the offer and accepted right away.

"It came to a total of €420 for the five tickets at face value," she said. "The man had an extra surprise for my daughter and sent a video from outside the Cusack Stand showing where she would be seated."

On arrival Siobhán, who was minding her neighbour's three children, met him outside James Gill's Corner House near Croke Park at 1pm.

"We then walked to the GAA ticket office on Dorset Street and he asked if we could sit in the outdoor seating area of a café a few doors down."

She handed him €420 in cash before turning her back to check on the children she was minding. "That was the last I saw of him. I contacted gardaí, but I'm just broken up by this, not for me, but for my daughter. She's going to be absolutely devastated."

Irish Independent

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