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
Georgia Man Scams Family, Friends Out Of $750K For Super Bowl Tickets
Update (as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon) Shah has been arrested at the Pechanga Casino and Resort in Temecula, California after a casino worker recognized him from media coverage, WSB-TV Atlanta reports. He is currently being held in California until he can be extradited back to Georgia. A Georgia... Read more
‘Meeting of the Minds Concert’ Sparks Suspicion, Possible Scam
A Michigan man is promoting “Meeting of the Minds” festival, an event supposedly taking place late May with some of the top hip-hop artists in the industry, but the festival’s information poses some questions. The festival website notes that the festival will include performances from Gucci Mane, Cardi B,... Read more
Poker Pro Sentenced To Prison For Super Bowl, World Cup Ticket Scam
A California poker pro, who pled guilty to running a ticket scheme and scamming investors out of more than $6 million in Super Bowl and World Cup tickets, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday. The 47-year-old from Aliso Viejo, Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli, ran a ticket... Read more
Red Sox Fan Gets $650 World Series Ticket Stolen From Instagram
After scoring tickets to Game 2 of the World Series, a Boston Red Sox fan excitedly posted a photo of the tickets to Instagram – setting up the perfect opportunity for a ticket scammer. A 28-year-old after-school instructor from Wellesley, Massachusetts, Robbie Johnson, received tickets to Wednesday’s game at... Read more
Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland Sentenced To Six Years In Prison
Billy McFarland, who scammed hundreds of concertgoers with the failed Fyre Festival last year, was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday for multiple counts of fraud. The sentence was given by U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald at a Manhattan federal court. His sentencing also includes three... Read more
Fake Email Circulates Regarding Free LSU, Ole Miss Tickets
A fake email began to circulate offering tickets to an upcoming Louisiana State University vs. Ole Miss football game, but the LSU  athletics department says it’s a scam. The email’s subject line reads: “Claim your FREE tickets for LSU v. Ole Miss this Saturday” and goes on to say... Read more