Ticket fraudster jailed for £4m scam
A London ticket fraudster has been jailed for 22 months after being found guilty of running a scam website which brought in £4m.
David Spanton had been disqualified from running ticketing firms in 2009 as a result of a previous offence.
Now police have applied to recover the profits of his illegal activities in an attempt to stop him running a similar scam when he’s released from prison.
Spanton ran a website offering tickets for music and sporting events. Once buyers’ money had been taken his firm either arranged to meet buyers an an event’s venue and didn’t turn up, or advised them that their bid to buy passes hadn’t been successful but refunds would not be given.
A victim named only as Emma told the BBC: “I spent £750. I got an email saying their allocation of tickets hadn’t been successful – they’d done everything they could. No tickets, and they had £750 of my money.”
Another customer lost £3790 after paying the money to Spanton for Champions League final tickets.
Detective Superintendent Nick Downing said officers were often unaware of such frauds because people were able to get their money back from their credit card companies – leaving criminals like Spanton with large bank balances.
“Historically, ticketing fraud hasn’t been reported,” Spanton said. “This causes problems because when you’re trying to get it on a policing agenda or government agenda, there are no reports.
“People don’t see the impact of someone who bought a ticket from a website, who gets told to meet someone at the venue who’s never going to turn up. It’s cruel.”