Bought tickets from paperticket.co.uk? What can you do?
Plenty of festival goers were left penniless and pissed off this Summer when an online site sold them tickets that never arrived. We're talking to you, SOS Masterticket.
This week, there are dozens more people ready for a fight in the car park, after paperticket.co.uk vanished, to be replaced with the following message:
On 16 October, the Metropolitan Police Service's Computer Crime Unit requested the dehosting of the www.paperticket.co.uk website under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
People who have bought tickets from this site are encouraged to call Consumer Direct for advice on 08454 04 05 06.
Consumer forums across the web are chock full of complaints, including tales of some rather sinister face-to-face meetings. So if you've bought tickets that are yet to arrive, what can you do about it? Well, even though the police are investigating, your money might still be unsafe and your bank may not be able to help.
We called Consumer Direct to ask what advice they're offering. It's turns out there's next to nothing they can tell you. They have have no information regarding the status of paperticket.co.uk as a company or the police investigation into their operation; they are simply logging all complaints so Trading Standards can see the bigger picture.
Not surprisingly, if you've bought tickets then Consumer Direct advise you to contact your bank or credit card company immediately and explain the situation. However, if you're yet to receive tickets for a future event, no fraud has been committed, because there's been no beach of contract so far. Gah.
Here's Bitterwallet's advice if you're stuck with an empty bank account and empty promises:
- Ring Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06; there can't do anything in the here and now, but they'll issue you with a reference number so you've proof that your complaint has been registered.
- Contact your bank or credit card company; explain the situation, point out there is a police investigation underway and check whether the payment has gone through. If it has, ask what can be done to reclaim the money, should it prove to be an act of fraud. Given the situation, it may be wise to cancel your cards. The degree to which you'll be assisted seems to differ depending on who you call, so be firm.
- You can try calling 07505 456 766 which was previously given as a contact number, but don't hold your breath; we've tried and it's permanently switched off.
- If you trawl the net for contact information, you may find the address 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX which was once provided as a contact address; this is for an entirely different events company, so don't waste a stamp. Assuming false information wasn't provided (and that's a big assmuption), you can find contact details by looking up the domain name WHOIS information.
Let us know if you have any luck, so other people can follow your lead.