Investigation into ticket websites leads to eight arrests
An investigation in to sporting event ticket websites has
led to the arrest of eight people and amassed a victim count of
more than 500.
The investigation started in the summer of 2015 when we were
contacted by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau regarding a
company called Touchline Tickets .
Detectives from Essex Police are looking in to offences of
conspiracy to defraud and money laundering totalling in excess of
£500,000. Victims have bought tickets for sporting events and have
then never received the tickets after they have been paid for or a
To date eight people have been arrested and three have been
With a number of large sporting events coming up this year
including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and UEFA Euro 2016 we want to
warn people and ensure they use recognised companies when
purchasing tickets .
The sites which currently form part of our investigation are:
The investigation is continuing, however anyone with concerns
who has not already contacted police can speak to Action Fraud on
0300 123 2040 or Essex Police on 101.
Those arrested are:
- A 45-year-old man from Brentwood – bailed to May 23
- A 35-year-old woman from Much Hadam, Herts – bailed to May
- A 31-year-old man from Dartford, Kent – bailed to April 11
- A 40-year-old man from Hertford, Herts – bailed to April
- A 25-year-old woman from Hertford, Herts – bailed to April
- A 43-year-old man from Romford – bailed to May 23
- A 25-year-old man from Bromley, Kent – bailed to April 11
- A 32-year-old man from south east London – bailed to April
Those subject of a voluntary interview are:
- A 43-year-old man from north west London
- A 48-year-old man from north west London
- A 22-year-old man from south east London