Five arrested in online ticket fraud investigation

Five people have been arrested in an online ticket fraud investigation regarding festival tickets and Beijing Olympics passes.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) arrested four men (aged 41, 50, 51 and 54) and one women (aged 49) in London who were arrested, interviewed and released on unconditional bail.

The arrests are in connection with the activities of Xclusive Tickets Limited, Xclusive Leisure and Hospitality Limited and related companies, who are under investigation for selling tickets to V Festival and Reading and Leeds Festival, which customers did not receive.

Commenting on the case, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Richard Alderman said: "People thinking of buying tickets on-line should be vigilant and always check the supplier's credentials.

"In this particular case we know that many thousand consumers lost money and suffered disappointment that they could not attend events that many of them had spent years dreaming about and I urge those people who bought tickets through Xclusive to come forward with information."

Customers of the Xclusive companies that did not receive their tickets and are willing to assist the SFO with their enquires are invited to fill in the questionnaire on their official website HERE.