One Direction London show hit by apparent ticket scam

21/05/14

One Direction
Image caption One Direction are performing three shows at Wembley Stadium on 6, 7 and 8 June

Hundreds of One Direction fans could have fallen victim to an online ticketing scam.

Fans have complained about a website called Smart Cloud Tickets after buying seats for the band's Where We Are tour show at Wembley Stadium in June.

The company, which describes itself as a "prestigious independent ticket broker", has now seemingly vanished.

Smart Cloud Tickets adds that it specialises in "obtaining tickets for most rock and pop concerts".

Complaints on Facebook
Image caption Fans have posted on Smart Cloud's Facebook page

Stacey Cuff tweeted: "So upset! Me, my six-year-old, my friend and daughter were supposed to be coming to Wembley 7 June but have been scammed #Devastated."

Other comments on Smart Cloud Ticket's Facebook page include the word "disgusted" and phrases like "thanks a lot for shattering my dreams of meeting One Direction."

The company have failed to respond to phone and email messages and there has not yet been a response from One Direction's management.

A spokesperson from Action Fraud, which is part of the City of London Police, said that this kind of issue was "unfortunately very common" and strongly advise those affected to contact them about possible ticketing fraud even if they receive a refund.

The apparent ticket scam follows the announcement from Metro staff that strike action will take place on the day thousands of One Direction fans are expected to use the rail system to get to and from the band's upcoming concert in Sunderland.

Action by RMT workers has been set for Wednesday, 28 May, coinciding with the band's show at the Stadium of Light.

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