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Rolling Stones fans warned over fake tickets

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Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Ronnie Wood are coming to Stockholm on July 1st 2014. Photo:The Rolling Stones/Mark Seliger/File
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Swedish Rolling Stones fans may not get any satisfaction from their tickets to see the rockers in action, after police announced that scores of fake ones were being circulated.

The British icons are due to perform at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on (Ruby) Tuesday July 1st. Tickets went on sale on March 28th with prices ranging from 650 kronor ($100) to 1,495 kronor. 

Demand to see band has been high with fraudsters also taking a keen interest in ripping off fans. Swedish police have noticed that hundreds of counterfeit tickets were doing the rounds, with officers urging Stones devotees to be vigilant. 

"The tickets are so well made that the fraudsters won't hesitate to post them to you so you can have a look at them before you pay. It makes them seem trustworthy but it's just a trick," Anders Olofsson of Sweden's national fraud squad said in a statement.

Would-be concert goers have been told to look out for blurred writing on the concert tickets, particularly on the smaller text, which may indicate a fake ticket. Olofsson added that fans should be extra careful when buying tickets second-hand, often for exorbitant prices.

"You should always consider if the price and conditions are reasonable...it is very easy to be deceived," he said.

On Swedish buy-sell site Blocket tickets for the Stockholm show are going for as high as 3,000 kronor, more than than double the original asking price for the most expensive seats for the gig.

Olofsson warned that concerts by big acts like the Stones are frequently targeted by fraudsters, with fans often keen to part with large sums of money to see their heroes. He suggested that in order to avoid a shock, customers' best bet was to buy them from a recognized outlet, such as Live Nation. 

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"Buy the tickets at the nearest established retailer," he said.

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