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Festival ticket scam

Two former students from a Southampton university have been found guilty of ripping off consumers across the country by selling fake tickets to some of the UK’s biggest music festivals.

The pair netted in the region of £18,000 and pocketed around £12,000 once they’d covered the costs of setting up their operation. None of the proceeds have been recovered from the two men although most of the victims got their money back because they paid using secure and protected methods including PayPal or Google Checkout.

Officers from Southampton City Council’s Trading Standards team began their investigation after receiving complaints in June 2009. After an extensive investigation by Southampton City Council’s Trading Standards team – which involved massive paper trail and processing dozens of complaints from disappointed consumers – officers raided the scammers’ accommodation and secured the remaining evidence they needed to bring a conviction.

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