Two men have been arrested over the sale of counterfeit wristbands to at least 100 people for this summer’s T in the Park music festival.
The 23-year-old and 56-year-old men are expected to appear in court following an investigation involving officers from the Major Crime and Terrorism Investigation Unit (MCTIU) of Strathclyde Police.
Police say the wristbands were being sold on social networking sites and cost around £200 each. Officers are now warning those who have purchased the blue wristbands, which say ‘VIP’ on them, will not be able to gain access to the festival site with them as they are fake.
Detective Inspector David Perrit from MCTIU said: "This fraud will undoubtedly be a real shock for music fans who thought they were buying a genuine wristband for this year's festival.
"We believe there may be more people who have been scammed by these two men, so I am asking anyone who has bought one of these bands to please contact police.
"These bands do not look anything like the genuine article so, if you have bought one or been given one, please do not go to Balado or try to get access to the festival, as site security are aware of these bands and you will not get into any part of the site. Please do not even risk it."
Geoff Ellis, the director of the festival, added: "As always, we urge fans only to buy T in the Park tickets from official outlets to avoid becoming the victims of fraud.
"Fans who are duped into buying counterfeit tickets and wristbands will not gain access to the festival and will also be left severely out of pocket. We continue to work closely with the police to ensure that those who scam music fans and peddle fake tickets are brought to justice."
This year’s T in the Park will take place from Friday, July 6 until Sunday, July 8. Snow Patrol, The Stone Roses and Kasabian are amongst the bands who are set to perform in Balado, Kinross-shire..
Anyone who has concerns over the wristbands should is urged to contact police on 0141 800 4621 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.