Northamptonshire fraudster jailed for selling fake gig tickets online

Nathaniel Gamble admitted scamming music fans. Credit: Northants Police.

A prolific fraudster who conned music fans out of more than £16,000 by selling fake gig tickets online has been jailed.

Nathaniel Gamble, from Brackley, admitted 15 charges of fraud by false representation and one relating to the proceeds of crime. He also asked for 76 other fraud offences to be taken into consideration.

The 23-year-old started the music tickets scam less than a week after he had been released from prison for other fraud offences.

He advertised tickets to festivals and concerts on websites including Facebook, Gumtree and reselling sites.

Buyers were asked to transfer money to bank accounts, and were either sent fake tickets or never received tickets at all.

Some victims only realised they had bought fake tickets when they arrived at the events and were denied access. In some cases, they lost hundreds of pounds each.

Gamble continued selling fake tickets under his own name and aliases including Nathan Andrew, John Woodhouse, Ross Brock, John Wilson and Nial Chapman, until his arrest on November 21 last year.

He was jailed for five and a half years at Northampton Crown Court.

“Over just six months, Gamble defrauded at least 88 victims, and there may well have been many more who have not reported their experience to the police.

“The disappointment and upset he caused was considerable, with many victims only discovering they had been defrauded after travelling to events and being turned away at the door.

“I would urge anyone buying event tickets to only purchase them from the venue’s box office, promoter, official agent or reputable ticket exchange site to avoid losing out this way.”

– Mel Phillips, Northants Police Fraud Crime Team