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Ed Sheeran Used in Super Bowl Charity Scam
A man pretending to be the pop star's manager promised The Giving Back Fund a performance in exchange for four VIP tickets.
TMZ reports a scammer contacted the The Giving Back Fund pretending to be Sheeran's manager, proposing Sheeran would two perform at the nonprofit's pre-Super Bowl event in Houston on Feb. 4 for four VIP tickets to the big fame the following day. He even took the liberty of presenting a fraudulent performing contract with Sheeran's forged signature.
The alleged manager met with the charity beforehand to accept the tickets, which are reportedly worth $50,000. They never saw him again, nor Sheeran -- who was on tour in Australia at the time.
Once The Giving Back Fund sorted out they were being scammed, they contacted police, who informed them the tickets had been re-sold.
If the perpetrator is caught, he could face felony charges, TMZ reports.
Billboard reached out to Sheeran's rep for comment but did not receive an immediate response.