AN Essex Police 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 the force was 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 Â£500,000. Victims have bought tickets for sporting events and have then never received the tickets after they have been paid for or a refund.
To date eight people have been arrested and three have been interviewed voluntarily.
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 24
A 31-year-old man from Dartford, Kent – bailed to April 11
A 40-year-old man from Hertford, Herts – bailed to April 12
A 25-year-old woman from Hertford, Herts – bailed to April 12
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 11
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