Strictly Come Dancing fan caught by scam

IAN CLARKE A Norfolk woman was conned out of £200 for tickets to see the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing TV show which later turned out to be fakes.The woman, from the Dereham area, bought the tickets after seeing an advert at a newsagents in Fakenham.

IAN CLARKE

A Norfolk woman was conned out of £200 for tickets to see the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing TV show which later turned out to be fakes.

The woman, from the Dereham area, bought the tickets after seeing an advert at a newsagents in Fakenham.

The same advert was also displayed at Burnham Market Post Office. Tickets to see the live show were advertised at £100 each with proceeds going to the Children in Need charity.

The woman phoned the mobile number displayed and arranged to drop the money off and collect the tickets at Burnham Market Post Office on Tuesday November 14.

However, upon arrival at the BBC the tickets were found to be fakes.

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The matter was reported to police on Saturday November 25.

Neither the Post Office nor its staff is involved in this offence.

The man who attended the post office to exchange the tickets for the cash has yet to be traced by police.

He is a white male, 6ft to 6ft 2in tall, with blond/mousey greying hair and well spoken. He was dressed in casual but smart clothes and told Post Office staff he was a doctor.

Officers investigating this offence are aware of at least one other similar offence reported in Cambridgeshire.

Members of the public are advised to be alert to this scam.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Tickets for all BBC shows at Television Centre are obtained for free via BBC audience services and these are the only tickets that are guaranteed to be genuine.

“All BBC show tickets are bar coded and very difficult to replicate. People who obtain tickets through other sources risk buying fakes and will not be admitted to the studio.”

Anyone with further information about this matter, who may have fallen victim to the same offence or who has seen such adverts displayed elsewhere is asked to contact PC 9115 Grand at Hunstanton Police Station on 0845 456 4567.