Footie fans conned by ticket fraudster

FOOTBALL fans are being urged to be on their guard after a man conned them out of thousands of pounds by offering fake tickets. The man has been operating in the Huntingdon, St Ives and Ramsey areas and promises football fans he can get hard-to-acquire t

FOOTBALL fans are being urged to be on their guard after a man conned them out of thousands of pounds by offering fake tickets.

The man has been operating in the Huntingdon, St Ives and Ramsey areas and promises football fans he can get hard-to-acquire tickets and boxes for the top football clubs.

He says he deals only in cash. The fans have handed over hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds and never received the tickets. It is thought he has fraudulently gained more than £20,000.

Officers are asking all fans who are desperate for tickets, season tickets and boxes not to hand over any cash up front. They would also like to hear from anyone who thinks they have been conned in this way, in order to build a full investigation.

Detective Sergeant Mark Newman said: "I think there are many people out there who have lost money in this manner and I would like them to give me a ring.

"This man can be very convincing, often telling an elaborate story to get fans to hand over their money, but please don't fall for it.

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"Contact me if you have any information about this scam, or if you have fallen victim to it."

A 48 year-old man has been arrested for fraud and bailed to Huntingdon Police Station on October 11.

INFORMATION: Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Sgt Newman at Huntingdon Police Station on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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