Warning issued in South Yorkshire about fraudsters selling fake tickets to festivals, gigs and sports events

A warning has been issued in South Yorkshire about fraudsters selling fake tickets to festivals, gigs and sports events.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 9:09 am

South Yorkshire Police’s fraud and cyber crime team said: “Many popular events for the summer have already sold out.

“Always check on the event’s official website about how you can purchase tickets before parting with your money.”

The advice came after Action Fraud revealed figures from the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime show that almost £1 million has been lost to ticket fraud so far this year.

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A warning has been issued about fraudsters selling fake tickets for events

Data reveals that 1,085 reports of ticket fraud have been made so far this year, equating to an average loss of £850 per victim. Almost two thirds of victims – 61 per cent – were aged between 20 and 49.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “Many festivals and events scheduled to go ahead as coronavirus-related restrictions ease have already sold out – something criminals are more than happy to take advantage of.

“To avoid disappointment, only buy tickets from the venue directly, an official promoter or agent, or a well-known and reputable ticket site. Don’t be duped by offers on secondary ticketing websites or social media, as this is often where criminals will advertise fake tickets to popular and sold-out events. Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Action Fraud launched a national awareness raising campaign yesterday to people to take extra care when booking tickets online.

The organisation said: “Only buy tickets from the venue’s box office, official promoter or agent, or a well-known and reputable ticket site.

“Avoid paying for tickets by bank transfer, especially if buying from someone unknown. Credit card or payment services such as PayPal give you a better chance of recovering your money if you become a victim of fraud.

“Be wary of unsolicited emails, texts or adverts offering unbelievably good deals on tickets. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of fraud should contact their bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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