Reports in Australian media suggest that a fraudster duped fans into a fake meet-and-greet event with the Indian cricket team at one of Sydney‘s top Indian restaurants, ahead of the third Test match. The restaurant owners now fear that 200 tickets have been sold for a non-existent dinner and that fans will show up at the restaurant and demand answers. The cost of each ticket was Aus $550.
The fraudster had left flyers on cars parked at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the last ODI between India and Australia promoting a “meet and greet with the Indian cricket team” at the restaurant on January 5 from 6-10.30 pm (local time).
However, the restaurant’s owners have confirmed that the promoter did not pay a full $5,000 deposit and missed meetings arranged to discuss the menu, decorations, and timings for the said event.
The restaurant provides meals for India’s cricketers when they are in Sydney. Eventually, the owner found out that the Indian team wouldn’t be there on the said date (January 5), realising it was a scam.
The scam was reported to the police, as well as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ScamWatch service. The New South Wales Police also confirmed it was a “fraudulent event” and urged people who had paid the scammer to get in touch.