Taylor Swift fans warned of ticket scams ahead of Dublin concerts

Bank of Ireland warns fans seeking tickets for Dublin gigs to be alert to criminals’ efforts to con them

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at Wembley Stadium last weekend. She is due in Dublin for three sold-out shows from Friday this week. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Taylor Swift fans without a ticket for this weekend’s sold-out Dublin concerts have been warned that offers of tickets, particularly at prices that seem too good to be true, could be related to scams.

The US musician’s three Eras Tour dates in the Aviva Stadium sold out in minutes last July with tens of thousands of fans left facing a cruel summer as a result of their inability to get to the top of TicketMaster’s virtual queues.

Bank of Ireland has warned that scammers will have been paying close attention to the story as it unfolded and will be using whatever channels are open to them to try to steal money from desperate Swifties.

Criminals have been using hacked social media accounts and online ads to try to con people out of hundreds of euro – and possibly even more.


“With Taylor Swift playing in Dublin this week and summer festivals kicking off, it’s important that concert goers are alert to fraud,” said the bank’s head of fraud, Nicola Sadlier.

“At times like this, fraudsters are hoping your heart will overrule your head. They are counting on people being so keen to get to see their favourite artist play that they ignore the warning signs and take a chance on the offer of a ticket even if it sounds too good to be true.

“Never, ever take that chance. Our advice is when you are buying online, only buy items from reputable sites.”

Among the red flags people have been encouraged to look for are tickets selling at prices that seem too good to be true or if the seller does not give a buyer the chance to see the tickets or pressurises them into acting quickly. All adverts or messages that pop up on your social media should raise questions.

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Anyone who thinks they have been the target of a scam is advised to contact their bank immediately so it can try to take action to stop a fraud in progress and potentially recover the funds involved.

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Conor Pope

Conor Pope

Conor Pope is Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Pricewatch Editor