Five people arrested in crackdown on Liverpool ticket scam

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FIVE people have been arrested in connection with a Liverpool footballing ticket scam.

Eight houses were raided yesterday as part of the investigation, which began in March 2018. 

People have allegedly fraudulently purchased tickets and sold them to hundreds of fans for matches at Anfield.  

Three men and two women have been interviewed as part of the supposed conspiracy, the Liverpool Echo reports. 

Merseyside Police said in a statement: “Those detained were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position.

“Items believed to have been used in the fraud, including Liverpool fancards, were seized during the raids as well as a quantity of cash.

“This follows earlier arrests of three men and one woman during the first phase of the investigation.”

Detective Inspector Matt Kerr said: “The victims of this fraud have been forced to pay well over the odds for tickets from third party ticketing websites, when they should have been able to purchase the tickets at face value direct from the club.

“Offences such as these leave a lasting, negative impression of our city on the victims and the police are committed to working with the club to target the criminals behind such scams and bring them to justice so that there is a level playing field for the purchase of tickets in future.”

Those interviewed have since been released under investigation. 

Prior to the Champions League final in Madrid, UEFA warned Liverpool fans of con artists with fake steward bibs and ticket-checking devices. 

Cops also recovered fake accreditation, which they believe would have been used to dupe supporters. 

A spokesman said: “Supporters should not show tickets to individuals or small groups of people who could be wearing fake bibs and might approach them on the way to the stadium, outside of the official check zones.”

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