Peter Kay fans were left fuming when they found out they had been conned into spending almost £400 on tickets for the Liverpool gig.
The 49-year-old comedian, from Bolton, previously announced he would be embarking on a UK-wide arena tour, which would be the first time in 12 years. With tickets on sale for venues in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham, fans were quick to try and get their hands on a ticket.
Due to the extraordinary popular demand, Ticketmaster announced that Peter has added a number of extra dates to shows.
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However, two eager fans were left annoyed after they found out they had been conned into paying £380 for Peter Kay tickets off of a bogus website that no longer exists, Manchester Evening News reports. Bolton Councillor Andy Morgan said a friend had bought tickets from www.peterkaytickets.com and were set to see this weekend's show in Liverpool.
But the tickets failed to materialise and the website is no longer available. Cllr Morgan, who is also a cabinet member, has been a long standing fan of the comedian and he said he was "really disappointed" and has contacted the arena informing them of the situation.
He told the MEN: "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, night time economy adviser and co-founder of Parklife festival and Warehouse Project, said highly organised criminal groups will set up plausible fake ticketing sites. He added: "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."
The ECHO previously reported that the comedian was handing £14,000 to a kids’ charity – £1 for each fan attending his gig at London’s O2 Arena. He made the announcement of the kind Christmas gesture at his gig in the London O2 arena - where he is playing a month long residency as part of his nationwide tour.
Peter Kay is performing in Liverpool this weekend from January 6 as part of his ongoing tour.
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