Face value ticket-selling site closed by bad-minded fraud addicts
An ethical ticket exchange website has been forced to close down after being targeted by fraudsters. Scarlet Mist allowed tickets to be traded at face value, in an attempt to match up genuine music fans and keep the sharks and the touts away. Sadly, it looks as though the experiment has failed.
The site has been running since 2003 and was relatively small-scale but a great source of sold-out tickets, with 1,200 tickets traded every month. Users either listed the tickets they had available to sell or the ones that they wanted, with the service being free. A statement on it said: “We have been forced to close the site because of the unacceptably high levels of fraud carried out by a small number of criminals. We are desperately sorry to let the rest of you down.”
Unfortunately, site owner Richard Marks (not this one) says that fraudsters have been selling bogus tickets using changeable contact details and email addresses, with one believed to have made an estimated £1,000.
Marks added that, “It breaks our hearts to see genuine music fans being stolen from by scum. We set up Scarlet Mist to be a service to the community. We're devastated whenever we hear a buyer has been cheated of their money and we no longer feel able to provide a service that allows these cheats to prosper. We're gutted that the bad guys have beaten us.”
Bye bye Scarlet Mist – you were a beautiful hippy dream that was crushed by utter bastards.