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Warning about Bella festival ticket scams

By Jessica Wilkins

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Festival goers could risk losing their money.
Festival goers could risk losing their money.

MUSIC fans in the strath are being warned against buying Belladrum festival tickets from touts on websites like Gumtree and Facebook.

Fans have been alerted to scams via the festival organisers’ latest newsletter urging the public not to buy tickets for the August festival by Beauly unless they already have an official ticket to compare it to.

Organisers of the Tartan Heart Music Festival warned potential festival goers of several scams operating online.

They urged them not to buy any tickets for the sold-out festival without first checking its authenticity hologram.

Belladrum, which this year features Echo and the Bunnymen, Texas, Deacon Blue and the Guillemots, has become a highlight of the Highland festival scene.

A spokesman said: "People have been duped into giving money to ticket scammers on Gumtree, Facebook, etcetera.

"If you are seeking to buy tickets for Bella in the secondary market, do not hand over any money until you have the tickets in your hands, and you are satisfied they are genuine with both ticket and counterfoil there as well as a hologram.

"Where possible, you should use a ticket in your possession to compare them with.

"The safest way of buying tickets is via Skiddle’s electronic ticket returns."

For more information go to: http://www.skiddle.com/promotion/files/BellaAudienceLeaflet.pdf.

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