Urbtix dismisses claims the announcement amounted to a tip-off to the culprits Urbtix and Leisure and Cultural Services Department officials yesterday said their release of information about a forged credit card scam involving Faye Wong concert tickets was in the public interest and would not jeopardise police investigations into the case. The department issued a statement on Thursday, saying 79 tickets for Wong's concerts later this month were purchased with forged credit cards through the Urbtix computer system. It said the $400 tickets, for concerts between December 20 and 26, had been declared void and ticket-holders would not be admitted to the concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Police investigating the case, said three forged credit cards were used to buy 79 concert tickets worth $31,600 from Urbtix terminals in Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Tsing Yi, Ma On Shan and Tsuen Wan between November 23 and 26. Speaking on the Commercial Radio programme, Teacup in a Storm, a senior manager of the ticketing department at Urbtix, Grey Ip Ka-lai, dismissed suggestions that their announcement on Thursday amounted to a tip-off for the culprits to flee. Mr Ip said their move aimed to prevent people from buying the tickets as there was only a remote chance the culprits would actually use them to watch the concert themselves. A leisure services department spokeswoman said: 'We've reached an agreement with the police on the high-profile treatment of the incident. We agreed that it's in the public interest and can serve crime prevention purposes. We don't want to see the public suffer any loss.' She said holders of the invalid tickets would be asked to assist with the police investigation if they turned up at the concert. The spokeswoman added that the banks which were victims of the forged credit card scam would shoulder the loss. A police spokeswoman said that in one of the illegal attempts to purchase tickets, the culprit snatched the forged credit card and fled as soon as he noticed Urbtix staff had detected some irregularities with the card. The public is urged to report to police at 2731 7260 or 2731 7200 if approached by people selling suspect concert tickets.