Heartbroken England fan scammed out of thousands for Euro 2020 final tickets

As if watching England lose to Italy wasn't enough, a Three Lions fan has been "left heartbroken" after being conned out of £2,000 by a Euro 2020 finals ticket scammer.

Ben Moore, 28 from Chelmsley Wood, Solihull, West Midlands, handed over the cash as part-payment for two tickets for England's match against Italy at Wembley on Sunday night, BirminghamLive reports.

Despite taking the lead through Luke Shaw just two minutes into the game, England fans will have to suffer at least one more year of hurt after losing on penalties as neither team managed to break the deadlock following Leonardo Bonucci's 67th-minute equaliser.

Like thousands of England fans, Mr Moore had been eager to watch the match live at Wembley and thought he had found someone on Twitter happy to sell him tickets.

But he that after agreeing to the purchase and sending over the £2,000 part-payment, the person he had been dealing with on Twitter deleted his account.

The warehouse manager, now living in Banbury, said: "I had been searching for Euro final tickets online for myself and my best mate and came across a guy on Twitter.

"He said he was selling two tickets. He wanted £4,000, so we agreed for me to pay £2,000 upfront and then the other £2,000 after I had received the tickets.

"I am usually so careful and would never get conned but I fell for this one.

"We liaised for some time through Twitter messages and he seemed so genuine. He asked for me to transfer the cash by bank transfer but I said I would prefer to do it by Paypal.

"He started to get cold feet and was implying I might try and rip him off once I got the tickets. In the end, I relented and agreed to transfer the cash to his account by bank transfer."

But the communication ended a short time later and when Ben tried to contact the seller again, his account had been deleted from Twitter.

  • Sickening video shows extent of violence inside Wembley as men are kicked in face

Ben added: "My heart sank. I felt sick and heartbroken. I knew instantly I had been had. I am absolutely gutted.

"I went to the Croatia game which was amazing. But the Euro final at Wembley is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I was prepared to pay £2,000 for a ticket to go.

"I used the money from my savings and my dream of going is now gone. It is just heartbreaking."

Ben said he had contacted his bank – Lloyds – which is looking into the incident. The payment was also made into a Lloyds account.

He added: "This is just a warning to other fans who may become victims like myself.

"I went onto a forum online and people had warned against the same person. He had used a fake profile including pictures.

"I am reporting the matter to police and just hope the person who did this can be brought to justice."

Source: Read Full Article