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Scalpers attempt to take advantage of Taylor Swift fans ahead of Melbourne dates

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Tickets to see Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Melbourne are being sold by scalpers for up to 400% more than the original price.

According to the Herald Sun, inspectors in the Australian state of Victoria have stopped the illegal sale of more than 1,000 seats for the shows next month. 

Tickets originally retailed at A$379 (£204/€235), before being listed for A$2,210, A$2,065 and A$1,860 each on resale platforms.

Selling tickets to major events for more than 10% over the face value is illegal in Victoria. Those caught can face fines as high as A$962 for individuals and $576,930 for companies. The Eras Tour dates were marked as major events by the Victorian Government in June last year, to help combat against ticket scalpers. 

Swift is set to play three shows at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on February 16, 17 and 18.

She will then perform four shows at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on February 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Over four million attempted to purchase tickets when they originally went on sale, according to Ticketek.

Last month, it was revealed that the Eras Tour had been confirmed as the highest-grossing music tour ever by the Guinness Book of World Records. The tour became the first to surpass $1bn in revenue.