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Mum who confronted ticket scammer gets unexpected call from LFC


The mum who confronted a ticket scammer got an unexpected call from Liverpool FC.

Kate Beale’s son and his friend tried to get tickets to the Carabao Cup game against Arsenal on Thursday evening but were instead conned out of £80.

The Birkenhead mum told the ECHO how the trusting 16-year-olds had approached a person on Twitter who said they were selling two tickets.

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After handing over £80 they were heartbroken when they realised they had been scammed and blocked by the profile and not only lost money, but also the chance to see the Reds play.

Kate, 37, was appalled that someone would do this and confronted the person on Twitter, first posing as someone who wanted to buy the tickets.

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Despite promises to return the money, Kate was also blocked by the Twitter user.

But now Kate has had an unexpected call from Liverpool FC after they saw her story in the ECHO.

The club has now offered her and her son tickets to Sunday’s match against Brentford.

Overwhelmed, Kate said: “We just want to say a massive thank you to everyone at the club. This is why they are the best team in the world.”



Kate Beale
Kate Beale

When Kate spoke with the person behind the profile that had scammed her son and his friend out of money she asked them how they slept at night.

She said: “You’re a scammer and you have just scammed my son and his mate, two 16-year-olds may I add, out of £80.



Kate Beale, 37, from Birkenhead confronted a scammer on Twitter after her son handed over £80 for LFC tickets
Kate Beale, 37, from Birkenhead confronted a scammer on Twitter after her son handed over £80 for LFC tickets

“They were absolutely devastated. I really don’t know how people like you sleep at night. Think back to when you were 16… bet you would have been heartbroken too. Bet your parents are proud of the scum bag that have brought up.”

The Twitter profile responded: “I wish I can return money back. Or send ticket. But if I do that… you will report me I know.”

Kate’s reply said: “As if you do… Why would you do all this in the first place?”

The Twitter profile said: “Maaam… I am poor. I feed myself. No family. I am sorry. Please. I am sad now as well. I don’t wish to continue.”



Kate Beale, 37, from Birkenhead confronted a scammer on Twitter after her son handed over £80 for LFC tickets
Kate Beale, 37, from Birkenhead confronted a scammer on Twitter after her son handed over £80 for LFC tickets

The profile said they would send the money back but then blocked Kate.

Kate added: “We didn’t report this to the police as I am not sure what they can do now. And we are in contact with the bank to get the money back.

“But I wanted to warn others about this type of scam. I think it has been a real eye-opener for my son and his friend, they are still young, and still devastated they thought they were going the match. The people who do these scams are disgusting.

“I believe the person has changed their Twitter handle now and is still trying to sell tickets to Liverpool matches. So I want others to be careful in the future.”

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