Hundreds Left Devastated by Beyonce Ticket Scam in Manchester
Some Beyonce fans fell victim to a ticket scam in Manchester.
Hundreds of Beyonce fans were left devastated after being turned away from the singer's show in Manchester with fake tickets. At least 140 people had forked out more than £100 each for tickets to the Mrs Carter tour, though were told they had fallen victim to a fake ticket scam once arriving at the arena.
Fans Were Stung by a Ticket Scam at Manchester's Ticket Show
One woman from Stockport told the Manchester Evening News that she was talked into buying four tickets for £350 after spotting them on Gumree. However, once the woman, her mother and two friends arrived at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, they were told they had been scammed.
"I'm devastated and so upset I didn't get to see her," she said. "And obviously losing the money is really bad as well."I was heartbroken. I was treating my mum and we were really excited. It's horrible. I don't know how anybody could do that to someone."
The woman said she bought the tickets in person by a man called Ricky who spoke with a southern accent. He claimed to run a website called Angels Concierge, which advertises tickets and backstage passes to sold-out gigs.
The tickets were given to her in person by a man who called himself Ricky and spoke with a southern accent.
The woman is now warning other gig-goers to be wary as Beyonce prepares to play the first of six shows at London's O2 Arena tonight.
Detective Constable Mike Dermody said: "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.
"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.
"We have a number of leads, but need as many people as possible to get in touch."
A spokesman for the arena said: "We can report a small number of fans arrived at the venue with counterfeit tickets.