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28th June 2012

Fraudsters, scammers and ticket touts still robbing people - beware

Aossa Tickets, Abbotts Travel and Tickets2allevents fail to deliver

With some big gigs taking place this month music fans have yet again fallen foul of the ticketing nightmare.

Ticket buyers have purchased tickets for The Stone Roses, Nicki Minaj and many other top events only to discover that their tickets have not arrived and they cannot contact the sites where they purchased their tickets. On the odd occasion when they do they are fobbed off with a multitude of excuses such as "they have been let down by the supplier", "tickets are in the post" etc. etc.

Aossa tickets have been causing concern for some time and have been on the Safeconcerts Be Ticket Safe ® red list since February, however authorities were made aware of them in 2011. No action has been taken and the company have failed thousands of customers.

Beware, still nothing has been done and this company is sill trading on line - still taking people's money, the company is registered to an Eddie Ottewell with an address in Brighton. and has been forced into liquidation, this is another site that has failed to deliver but has taken money from people. The man behind this website, Christopher Abbotts has come under the spotlight in the past:

From the Birmingham Mail - Great Barr boss faces trading standard probe into two companies link to story

Article: Football Tickets Probe. Alleged scam is traced back to Birmingham. Link to story

Another story here - Conman's at it again - link to story

And another story here - A catalogue of complaints - link to story

Next on our latest list of rogues is, the man behind this one is John Grainger, from Snaresbrook, East London, he was also behind, which collapsed last year owing £364,000. The website has disappeared and the company has gone bust, if you've bought from this one it's yet another ticket nightmare, you won't be getting your tickets.

Ticket fraud is still very big business, these are just the latest sites to have come to light due to customers not getting their tickets, there are many more out there still taking your money but you won't know whether or not you are going to get your tickets until just before the event.

In a climate where ticket purchasing boundaries have been blurred with the proliferation of secondary sites, touts, scammers, fraudsters and the ease of setting up on-line scams we are doing our best to warn the ticket buying public of the pitfalls and traps that are deliberately set up to catch them out.

The Safeconcerts Be Ticket Safe Directory ® has been set up to give people a guide to what is and what isn't a legitimate site. All the sites that have turned out to be fraudulent have been listed on the directory well before they came to light. We also have advice on what you need to do if you have been a victim of fraud.

Please help us to spread the word about ticket fraud, ticket scams and ticket touts, the misery that this causes is not what the music scene is all about. These criminals need to be stopped, the only way to do that is to buy your tickets from legitimate outlets only - The Safeconcerts Be Ticket Safe Directory ® can help you to avoid the scammers, do use it BEFORE you part with your hard earned cash.

Your Ratings & Comments
V Fest
Written by nickthefish | 10th Aug 2012
I also purchased a V ticket for £112.50 and spoke to a plausible brighton chappy, who swore that they were legit when i raised questions. what a complete scumbag!
V Festival Fraud Tickets - AOSSA
Written by Cathy21 | 25th Jul 2012
I purchased 3 V festival tickets for summer 2012 in march from Aossa. I was wary of unofficial sites so confirmed my purchase by ringing the company on the day and spoke to a member of staff that assured me the company was legitimate. I have recently discovered that the company is a fraud and have no intention of sending you your tickets.I then discovered the transaction of £615 was taken out 2 months after the order to avoid discovering the scam. I read that Aossa was part of ABTA so felt reassured that my money would be returned but after ringing ABTA, I was told their partnership with Aossa was cancelled earlier in July so they could therefore not cover my fraud. Fortunately, my credit card company have refunded the money as the transaction was easy recognised to be fraud. I have been able to purchase 3 more OFFICIAL tickets, thankfully but would advise people to avoid buying any tickets from this site as it is clearly not legitimate and may not be able to get a refund as easily as I did.
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Written by KarenLester | 24th Jul 2012
I also bought tickets for Stereophonics gig july 22nd Llandudno, on the day i bought the tickets i had an e-mail from Aossa saying my card had been declined at that point i started to smell a rat as this had never happened before but i rang them up and they asked me to pay with paypal so i did that, having spoken to the nice girl in the office on several occasions i was convinced it was going to be ok, how wrong can you be !! Reported them to the OFT and Actionfraud, hoping i get my money back from Barclaycard :-( x
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Written by spam | 13th Jul 2012
TREAT GONE BUT I WILL HAVE PAY BACK.................................................................. YES I WILL.......
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Abbotts travel Ltd
Written by suzyB | 5th Jul 2012

Yes, I too have fallen foul of the above Company, purchased 2 tickets for stone roses I have written confirmation that these would be sent...No chance, Chris Abbott needs locking up and I believe he has even ripped off O.A.P's who purchased tickets for Ascot, This man is Scum and needs taking to task.
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Over £200 down the drain! Thanks AOSSA
Written by ZoeAnne | 2nd Jul 2012
As a gift for Graduation, my dad bought me a T in the Park festival ticket. Full weekend Camping, from AOSSA. I initially thought it was from Ticketmaster, but worried I hadn't recieved it yet asked my dad to phone up. He said he infact bought it from AOSSA - wish he had of done a little research before purchasing. Trying to get money back at the moment, but no idea if we will! Safe to say i'm gutted at not getting to go after planning it all with friends. Hope this company gets shut down and others don't fall victim to their scams, as we unfortunately did!
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