Concert ticket scam uncovered in Dubai

Job-seekers sold tickets for bogus event in the hope of employment.
Ticket-holders were told of the fraud when they turned up at the venue to watch the concert.
Ticket-holders were told of the fraud when they turned up at the venue to watch the concert.

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Concert scams are alive and well in the Gulf, according to a report by Emirates 24/7.

An Indian man has been accused of cheating many job seekers by making them sell fake tickets for a concert in Dubai.

Emirates 24|7 said it learnt about at least two job seekers who were made to sell more than 150 tickets worth Dh45 each.

The job seekers were asked to sell tickets for a musical event by DJ Paul Hamilton at a Dubai hotel on August 5, as part of an exercise to prove they were worthy of being appointed.

All those who purchased the tickets gathered at the hotel at the designated time on August 5, only to be told by the hotel staff that there was no such event organised there.

Hamilton was officially playing for a similar event at Club Submarine in Dhow Palace Hotel on that day.

Subhin Das, one of the job seekers, said he had applied for a job of IT Sales Executive through Dubizzle.com.

“His name was Ashraf Ahmed, a UK-born Indian and owner of a company called Securebridge, or that’s what he told me. He also said he wanted to start a branch in Knowledge Village in Dubai and was looking for sales staff. He promised a salary of Dh10,000,” said Das who was called for an interview at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Sharjah.

“He had booked a room at the hotel (No 1114). He was in his early 30s. He asked me to sell 40 tickets for the event, which he was apparently organising within seven days to prove that I was worthy of being a sales staff. The tickets clearly had the venue and the date printed on it.”

Das said he sold all the tickets to his friends, who handed over the collection to Ashraf the day before the event was scheduled to be held.

"The next day all of us went to the hotel. When we tried to enter the club we were told that there was no such event. I tried calling Ashraf’s number, but it was switched off,” added Das.

“Meanwhile, I found two others who was also similarly conned into selling more than 100 tickets by Ashraf,” he said.

The hotel staff at Embassy Suites Hotel said Ashraf had checked into the hotel in July and stayed there for almost a month. “But we did not receive any complaints against him from anyone during his stay here,” said the receptionist.

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