The fraudster known as Vishnu Poddar had taken money from people in advance and had absconded with the money of as many as 80+ individuals.
In a case of serious ticket fraud, a number of eager fans were left upset and stranded outside the venue of BKC’s Jio Gardens, this past Sunday, as their favourite singer-songwriter, pop sensation, Ed Sheeran took the stage to a massive crowd. Fans had come in from all over the country for the concert and some had hoped to witness the spectacle by purchasing tickets from unofficial vendors but were left duped and helpless outside the venue as the ticket vendor failed to show up but had already taken the full payment from them in advance. (Read our article here)
“We have registered a case after a youth from Borivali approached us claiming that he had paid Rs 50,000 for seven tickets of Ed Sheeran’s show on Sunday. He had contacted a cheat, called Vishnu, on social media“, reported an officer from the BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) police station, “The cheat told the youth that he should pay him money in advance and he would deliver the tickets at the venue. He accordingly paid him the amount. But when the man did not turn up at the venue, the youth realised he had been cheated. He then approached the police and registered an FIR.”
It is believed that as many as 80 individuals had been scammed by the man known as Vishnu Poddar, but as of now only 2 individuals have registered an FIR against him. It is the belief of the police that more victims will come forward as they read more about the FIRs lodged against the culprit.
There were many such instances of tickets being sold by pauper agents pretending to be official ticket vendors. BookMyShow has been giving incessant warnings to the fans about falling in the trap of such faulty schemes and it’s always safe to only book through the official site and official ticket links.
Fake tickets had been sold both online through social media and other networking sites, and also through advance payments with the promise of delivering the tickets at the venue on November 19th.
The police are investigating the matter and resolve to take all necessary action. “We will try to identify and locate the accused through the numbers he has contacted his victims or through his Internet Protocol Address,” said an officer.
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