VICTIMS of a scam concerning the sale of fake tickets for pop star Beyoncé's concerts are urged to come forward by police.
It is believed the fans of the Bootylicious singer would have turned up to attend either of her gigs at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester on Tuesday or Wednesday this week only to be turned away by door staff who had to inform them the tickets were not genuine and they would not be allowed in.
The British Transport Police is calling for customers throughout Britain who bought ultimately counterfeit seats for the show, part of Beyonce's The Mrs Carter Show world tour, to contact them.
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.
“We believe there have been more than 140 sets of fake tickets sold, though only seven victims have come forward so far.
“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."
DC Dermody said: “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.
“I believe the victims of this fraudster will be spread far and wide as people travel from all over the UK to see Beyonce.
“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.”
A BTP spokesman confirmed there have been no arrests so far.
He said: "It's entirely possible there are victims from London as the victims so far are from all over the UK.
"The counterfeit tickets are reasonably good quality fakes but not good enough to make it past the venue's security staff.
"It's likely the person who is producing these fake tickets isn't going to be doing this for just one concert or just one artist."
The world tour of Beyonce - married to rapper Jay Z - comes to The O2 in Greenwich tonight.
* If you have any information about the fraudulent tickets please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40. In all calls please quote BTP log NWA/B5 of 28/2/14.