Fans were left annoyed after they found out they had been scammed after buying tickets to Peter Kay's UK tour, costing almost £400.
The popular comedian from Bolton previously announced his return to stand up comedy with his first live tour in 12 years. Fans were quick to buy tickets to his original 110 dates, with shows in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham.
In December, due to popular demand as tickets sold out rapidly, Peter Kay revealed there would be extra dates added to his tour. However, some fans in Liverpool were left disappointed after they found out they had been scammed, paying £380 for Peter Kay tickets off of a fake website that no longer exists, Manchester Evening News reports.
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Bolton Councillor Andy Morgan told Manchester Evening News that a friend had bought tickets from www.peterkaytickets.com and they planned to go to this weekend's show in Liverpool. But they never got their tickets and the site no longer exists.
He said: "I’m really disappointed that we have been scammed for Peter Kay tickets for Saturday. A very good friend of ours bought us some tickets for Saturday at Liverpool and they have not arrived.
"The website (www.peterkaytickets.com) is now saying this site cannot be reached and the customer service email keeps bouncing back saying ‘undelivered’. They were supposedly very good seats close to the stage and we’re now £380 out of pocket.
"It’s a bloody disgrace but you live and learn. Like many people in Bolton, we’re extremely proud of what Peter has achieved and were so looking forward to seeing him on his comeback tour.”
Sacha Lord, co-founder of Parklife festival and Warehouse Project, warns that highly sophisticated criminal groups are known to set up plausible fake ticketing sites. He said: "We reinforce our ticketing message on a weekly basis but still we get people turning up at our events crying their eyes out because they've put their hand in their pocket for a fake ticket.
"These are multi-million pound scam businesses, they're con artists. They are highly sophisticated outfits, not chancers. It's not just Peter Kay, it happens at every single popular gig or event. I'd say to people only buy tickets from the absolute most credible ticketing companies. I would say the obvious ones are Ticketmaster, Skiddle and See Tickets."
Peter Kay is performing in Liverpool this weekend, between January 6 and January 7, as part of his ongoing tour. The popular comedian will be back in Wales from June 16, when he performs at Cardiff International Arena.
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