Music fans conned

Police say no one with the fake wristbands will be allowed access.
Police say no one with the fake wristbands will be allowed access.

POLICE are asking for people to come forward who may have been the victim of a T in the Park con.

Strathclyde Police arrested two men (aged 23 and 56) in connection with selling fake wrist bands for the annual music festival.

The bands were being sold through social networking sites and cost more than £200.

Police believe there may be more than 100 victims of the fraud.

The police operation involved officers from Strathclyde Police’s Major Crime and Terrorism Investigation Unit.

The wristbands are marked VIP but police warn that purchasers will not be allowed into the festival.

Detective inspector David Perrit, from MCTIU, said: “This fraud will undoubtedly be a real shock for music fans who thought they were buying a genuine wristband for this year’s festival.

“We believe there may be more people who have been scammed by these two men, so I am asking anyone who has bought one of these bands to please contact police.

“These bands do not look aqnything like the genuine article so, if you have bought one or been given one, please do not go to Balado or try to get access to the festival, as site security are aware of these bands and you will not get into any part of the site.

“Please do not even risk it”.

Police are working closely with officers from Tayside Police while liaising with festival organisers DF Concerts and Events to ensure only holders of genuine tickets and wristbands are allowed entry to the festival site.

T in the Park’s festival director Geoff Ellis said: “As always, we urge fans only to buy T in the Park tickets from official outlets to avoid becoming the victims of fraud.

“Fans who are duped into buying counterfeit tickets and wristbands will not gain access to the festival and will also be left severely out of pocket.

“We continue to work closely with police to ensure that those who scam music fans and peddle fake tickets are brought to justice”.

If anyone has bought one of these fake wristbands, they should contact MCTIU on 0141 800 4621 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.