Four people arrested for allegedly setting up a fake concert and sports ticket scam have been released on bail.
According to The Independent, three men and one woman were arrested for setting up two websites, worldwidetickets.com and gigsport.com, aimed at duping people into buying tickets for non-existent concerts and sporting events.
The police made the arrests after investigating the websites, which sold fake tickets for the Reading Festival and concerts for popular artists such as the Black Eyed Peas and Michael Buble. However, they were soon released on bail, pending further investigation.
The police were prompted to take action after the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) received 265 complaints from users who had, in total, lost around £40,000 to the scammers.
In one case, a woman from South Africa had paid £1,800 for three Wimbledon centre court tickers, only to realise they were fake.
The four people were arrested from locations in City of London, Waltham Abbey and Chingford, east London.