While Ed Sheeran was in Australia making history as the first artist to debut two new singles at #1 and #2 on the ARIA singles charts (with Shape of You and Castle On The Hill), he was the bait in a successful ticket scam in the US.
Non-profit charity The Giving Back Fund was swindled out of almost US$50,000 earlier this month for locking in ‘Sheeran’ at its pre-Super Bowl concert in Texas on February 4.
Marc Pollick, President and Founder of The Giving Back Fund believed he was in touch with Sheeran’s manager, who had drawn up a contract stating Sheeran would perform two songs at the event in exchange for four VIP tickets to the Super Bowl. The scammer forged Sheeran’s signature and sold the VIP tickets on.
Pollick did eventually put two and two together when he realised Sheeran’s touring plans meant he was in Australia at the time. The 25-year-old was on a promotional visit to perform Nova’s Red Room at Sydney Opera House on February 7.
Police are currently trying to track down the scammer, and according to TMZ, have said they will press felony charges when they are apprehended.