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Police appeal over fake Beyonce tickets
AN APPEAL has been launched for information around a fake concert ticket scam which could have netted fraudsters more than £28,000.
Detectives from British Transport Police are investigating more than 100 cases of fake tickets being sold to recent Beyonce concerts at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.
Detective Constable Mike Dermody said people buying the tickets only realised they were not genuine when they arrived at the venue.
“We believe there have been more than 140 sets of fake tickets sold, though only seven victims have come forward so far,” he said.
“In most cases the tickets have sold for at least £100 each and each victim has bought at least two tickets, so we are potentially looking at a fraud worth more than £28,000.”
He said every ticket had been sold over the internet, with the buyers arranging to meet someone in Manchester to pick them up.
“I believe the victims of this fraudster will be spread far and wide as people travel from all over the UK to see Beyonce,” he said.
“I am, therefore, appealing to anyone who has been sold fake tickets, but has not yet spoken to police to come forward.
“We have a number of leads, but need as many people as possible to get in touch.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting log number NWA/B5 of Friday, February 28.