Online auction sites are also being used to part would-be festival supporters from their cash – with organisers warning that tickets will be scrutinised carefully as they are aware of fake tickets.
Anyone trying to enter the North’s premier festival with a ticket that is found to be fake will be refused entry and possibly reported to the police.
This year’s festival from August 6 to August 8 includes appearances by The Proclaimers, who were stars of the show at T in the Park last weekend, alongside the Kaiser Chiefs and Manic Street Preachers.
Festival director Joe Gibbs warned: “We are always deeply disappointed to hear of incidents where people have been sold non-genuine tickets. Unfortunately, with the nature of a sell-out event there are always a small number of people who are looking to profit from the increased demand for tickets through ticketing scams.
“We have always advised fans to only purchase through official outlets and every year we provide the option where any unwanted genuine tickets can be returned and re-sold.
“We also monitor social media accounts and block any suspicious ticket resale activity and inform the police of such incidents.”