Man arrested in fraud probe into fake ticket sales for gigs and events

The investigation is looking into claims tickets were sold when they did not exist.
The investigation is looking into claims tickets were sold when they did not exist.

A man is being questioned as part of an investigation into reports of false online ticket sales for concerts and other events.

Northumbria Police is investigating after receiving reports of ticket fraud on social media.

The force said it had received a number of calls this evening from people who bought tickets for events and music concerts on social media and later discovered the tickets did not exist.

Officers have been investigating the incidents and are currently speaking to a 28-year-old man who has been arrested in connection with the alleged fraud.

A spokesman said those inquiries are set to continue and people are asked to contact police if they believe they have fallen victim to any such scam.

Police officers said they wanted to take the opportunity to remind the public to protect themselves against this type of cyber crime:

- Anybody looking to purchase tickets should do so through the official venue box office, sports club, promoter or a reputable ticket exchange site.

- If you do decide to purchase a ticket online then don't use payment methods that you are unfamiliar with.

- Do not pay by sending cash, money transfers or money orders, particularly if it is a person that you don't know.

- If you do choose to pay someone in this way then use a credit card as they offer greater protection than other methods.

- Always make sure you double check the details of your ticket purchase before confirming payment and always ensure the payment page is genuine and secure.

- Don't be tempted to reply to or click on links in emails and social media posts from sellers you don’t recognise, and don’t open attachments.

Anyone who feels they may have been a victim of online fraud can contact police on 101 or independent charity Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 20 40 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.