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Mother helps gardai arrest One Direction ticket scam fraudsters in sting operation

By Denise Calnan

A mum who was scammed into buying fake tickets for a One Direction concert helped gardai arrest the fraudsters in a sting operation.

Mary Murphy, from Wexford, travelled with her husband to One Direction star Niall Horan’s hometown of Mullingar to collect the tickets she saw for sale on DoneDeal.ie.

However, she realised she’d been duped just moments after the transaction and called gardai.

Mary and her husband Nigel handed over €350 for the tickets she spotted for face value on the classifieds website.

“I was delighted when I spotted the four tickets advertised at face value on Sunday morning, we called the seller straightaway,” she said.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, Mary explained how she suddenly felt nervous about ten minutes after the transaction which took place at a hotel in Mullingar town, Westmeath.

“I don’t know why but something just hit me, I decided to ring the guy from a different number,” she said.

“I called him and asked if the One Direction tickets that were advertised online were still available and my heart sank when he said ‘yes’.

“He gave me the same story about someone messing him around.”

Mary arranged to meet him in Mullingar and immediately called the gardai.

A garda in plain clothing from Mullingar Garda Station met the two men and was sold four tickets identical to those sold to the couple.

The two men were arrested on the spot and taken to Athlone Garda Station.

A number of tickets, over €1,000 in cash and three mobile phones were seized. The men were later released without charge.

Meanwhile, as part of the DoneDeal.ie rules and regulations, the company state that they do not ‘control the content of advertisements posted by users’.

“We do not control the content of advertisements posted by users on the Website, and we do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of the content,” the rules read.

“You understand that by using the Website, you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable without liability.”

Source: Irish Independent

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