Police say over 100 fake Beyonce tickets have been sold
- 28 February 2014
- From the section Music
British Transport Police believe more than 100 fake tickets totalling an estimated £28,000 were sold for recent Beyonce concerts.
The tickets relate to the singer's gigs at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.
The Mrs Carter World Tour began in Glasgow earlier this month. But police believe fans may have travelled from all over the UK to the Manchester gigs.
Officers are urging anyone who bought a fake ticket, who has not yet reported it to them to come forward.
Detective Constable Mike Dermody said: "We believe there have been more than 140 sets of fake tickets sold, though only seven victims have come forward so far."
Police believe the tickets are being sold online, "each transaction has taken place over the internet, using public selling websites, with the victims arranging to meet someone in Manchester to pick up the tickets."
"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," Detective Constable Mike Dermody said.
But the buyers don't realise the tickets are fraudulent until they arrive at the gig.
"It seems that someone has been selling fake tickets to concert goers who only realise the tickets aren't genuine when they get to the venue.
A spokesman for the Phones 4U Arena said: "We can report a small number of fans arrived at the venue with counterfeit tickets.
"We immediately notified [British Transport Police] of fraudulent activity and have passed the matter onto them.
"Whilst we fully understand the frustration felt by fans we can only urge people to purchase tickets via official sources as this is the only way to guarantee entry to the show."
The Drunk In Love singer, whose album entitled Beyonce is currently at number 7 in the Official Chart, performed two nights at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester last week.
Officers are hoping more people will come forward.
"We have a number of leads, but need as many people as possible to get in touch," said DC Mike Dermody.
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