Belgium’s VestiVille Turns Into ‘Fyre Fest 2’ Catastrophe
UPDATE as of Tuesday, July 2: Eventbrite Director of Communications Amanda Livingood reached out to TicketNews with a statement regarding refunds.  “We know that running a festival is demanding and that things can go wrong, but it should never have come to the scenes we had to witness on... Read more
Popular Scalper ‘Tommy Tickets’ Jailed For Fraudulent Tickets
The popular Chicago ticket scalper known as “Tommy’s Tickets” has been jailed following multiple accounts of deceptive broker practices, taking between $600 and $31,000 from buyers. Tommy Ryan, who was arrest and jailed in St. John’s County, Florida on an Illinois warrant, is currently fighting an extradition to Illinois.... Read more
Ticketmaster Issues New Seats For Billie Eilish Show, Fans Feel Cheated
Rising indie-pop star Billie Eilish will visit Chicago next month on her When We All Fall Asleep Tour, but ahead of the shows, the venue changed from  the Aragon Ballroom to the United Center. Now, fans are feeling cheated after they were assigned new seats. Fans who originally purchased... Read more
Fake Mariah Carey Promoters Sentenced For Wire Fraud Scam
Two California men have been charged with wire fraud after pretending to be promoters of popstar Mariah Carey and swindling two companies out of more than $100,000. The Lesbian Gay Community Network of Western Michigan (now known as the Grand Rapids Pride Center) was one of the two organizations... Read more
Man Sentenced For Selling Counterfeit Superbowl, NCAA Tickets
A Georgia man was sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit tickets to the Super Bowl, as well as All-Star and NCAA Championship games. Eugene Smith, 45, of Lithonia, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to traffic... Read more
Las Vegas Country Music Festival Canceled, Ticketholders Feel Ripped-Off
A country music festival, set to take place next month in honor of the 1 October victims, has been canceled, leaving fans feeling ripped-off and uneasy about receiving refunds. The event, dubbed 24 Hours of Country, was supposed to be held from May 10 to 12 at Craig Ranch... Read more
Super Bowl, NBA Ticket Scammer Sentenced To Prison
A woman who scammed various sports fans out of thousands of dollars for the Super Bowl and NBA Playoffs pleaded guilty to two felony theft charges and was sentenced to 25 and 5 years in prison, respectively. According to Click 2 Houston, Cheryl L. Jackson convinced people to purchase deeply... Read more
Fyre Fest Merchandise Will Be Auctioned To Pay Off Billy McFarland’s Debts
Although Billy McFarland is currently in jail for scamming thousands of people during the failed Fyre Festival, his victims are still yet to be paid. To help pay back some of McFarland’s debts, Fyre Fest merchandise will be up-for-grabs. The United States Marshals Service of Manhattan will auction off... Read more
Facebook Takes Action Against Ticket Fraud After Investigation
Scammers constantly flood Facebook event pages, pretending to sell nonexistent tickets to potential concertgoers, but after an investigation in the UK, Facebook is taking the first steps toward ending ticket fraud on its platform. Earlier this year, Facebook agreed to donate £3m to a new Citizens Advice project dedicated... Read more
Former Iowa Radio Host Charged In $1.5M Ticket Scam
A former Iowa-based sports radio host has been indicted on federal charges after allegedly scamming multiple investors out of $1.5 million in a ticket resale scheme. According to the Des Moines Register, Marty Tirrell, 59, faces six federal fraud charges for allegedly stealing over $1 million from at least... Read more