BBC Crimewatch reveals how needed man ‘stole a whole bunch’ via ticket rip-off

The extent of the crimes of an alleged on-line fraudster from Bristol have been revealed in a BBC tv programme.

Luke Dawson is wanted by police in connection with 15 cases of fraud the place individuals purchased counterfeit tickets for live shows by way of social media.

The 31-year-old, who is understood to spend time in Stokes Croft and in east Bristol, was featured on the BBC‘s Crimewatch Roadshow on Thursday (March 14).

One in all his alleged victims was music fanatic Vinita Cutler, a student from Brighton. She was defrauded for 2 tickets to see drum n’ bass and rock band Pendulum in London.

The viewers is proven Ms Cutler’s Facebook message trade with a person who contacted her after she made an enchantment for tickets on the sold-out Fb occasion.

The message the scholar obtained

Unnervingly, nothing in any respect appears amiss with the messages or the offender’s on-line tone and the scholar willingly transferred him £80 for the pair of tickets.

He wrote: “Simply need what I paid for them again, obtained them for the Mrs [sic] however she will be able to’t even go seems.”

Vinita says he had requested to ship the cash safely by way of Paypal – which presents purchaser safety – however the man insisted on a financial institution switch.


Viewers are then proven the financial institution particulars Ms Cutler was finally given to ship the funds to, that are beneath the title Luke Dawson.

The fraudster even went so far as forwarding a doctored affirmation electronic mail for his ticket buy and in a separate electronic mail the ‘tickets’ which all seem ‘utterly professional’.

The financial institution particulars, beneath the title Luke Dawson

Nevertheless, having accomplished the transaction, together with her pleasure constructing and believing every part to be superb, Vinita obtained a message from another person warning her to not purchase from that vendor as a result of he was a ‘massive scammer’.

At that time the scholar contacted the police and filed an Motion Fraud report towards him.

The BBC programme mentioned Mr Dawson was ‘well-known’ to police.


Chief inspector Paul Wiggington, of Avon and Somerset Police, instructed the present: “Mr Dawson’s been upcoming live shows at completely different areas then been third celebration and social media websites, in search of members of the general public keen on these tickets.

“He is then making direct contact providing tickets on the market to these live shows.

The doctored ticket to the Pendulum live performance

“One in all his strategies is to buy tickets legitimately from a good firm after which physician barcodes and reference numbers after which promote these to quite a few victims.”

The chief inspector reveals one sufferer was defrauded of £480, whereas one other was scammed out of £120 solely to show up on the live performance venue and be turned away.

Vinita mentioned: “I’m a pupil so while you lose 80 quid like that it’s a massive dent in your checking account.


“It’s disappointing while you realise you have got been scammed out of this cash and you’ll’t go to the gig on the identical time.

“I did suppose ‘oh I might simply go away it and take the loss and never do something about it’, however I believed ‘why ought to I?’

Vinita Cutler

“This individual is doing this to different individuals, this man might be making hundreds of individuals like me and I simply don’t need that to occur.”

The 15 instances of fraud that Mr Dawson allegedly carried out quantity to about £1,500 in whole.

Chief Insp Wiggington provides that Dawson typically makes use of his actual title, in addition to aliases, they usually have linked him to the crimes by way of his financial institution particulars.


The inspector additionally urged some other victims of ticket fraud to return ahead by contacting the police or Motion Fraud.

The offences have been all dedicated between the tip of 2017 and the beginning of 2019.

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Police additionally need to converse to Mr Dawson, who generally goes by the title Luke Stirling, a few fraud offence at a bar in  Bristol city centre  and the theft of money from a St Werburgh’s restaurant.

The 31-year-old might nicely nonetheless be at giant. He’s described as white, slim, 5ft 6ins, with blond hair and blue eyes. He has piercings in each of his ears.

A police spokesperson mentioned: “When you see Luke Dawson, or know the place he could also be, please name us on 101.”

In case you have seen Mr Dawson or have any data on his whereabouts contact the police on 101 and quote the crime reference quantity 5218 071 904.

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