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  • Social Media Websites Are A Key Source Of Rising Fraudulent Tickets

    It’s imperative that the public is mindful of “sold-out” ticket offers on major events, due to the rise in fraudulent ticket sales. According to Trading Standards, the public is being warned of various ticket scams that could affect big events like Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Wimbledon and Euro 2016.

    Cllr Simon Blackburn with the Local Government’s Association Safer and Stronger Communities board chairman said the Euro 2016 is right around the corner and huge concerts are not too far off and the Glastonbury Festival has sold out, making the summer the perfect time for criminals to take advantage of desperate fans who would do anything they can to see an event.

    Blackburn said photocopiers are used to produce the fake tickets, with the same ticket and barcode being sold over and over. When purchasers of these tickets arrive to the venue, they find out the ticket is a fake.

    According to Trading Standard teams in both Wales and England, the attention is geared toward online ticket fraud. They’re asking social media websites to step up and help keep people from being scammed for fraudulent tickets. Blackburn said people should be cautious of any tickets being sold for sold-out events. He said this is when criminals will strike.

    He also said if a price appears to be good to be true, chances are it probably is a scam.

    The LGA recommends people purchase their tickets through official means so not to lose any money. That means not using social media or unofficial websites. According to Mike Andrews with the National Trading Standards eCrime Team, criminals are using the Internet more and more to sell their fake tickets to unsuspecting buyers.

    The UK’s National Reporting Centre for Fraud and Cyber Crime Action Fraud said big sporting events accounted for more than 25 percent of the ticket scams with the 20-29 age range often being suckered out of their money.

    Customers lost a combined total of $7.54 million in 2015 – a 55 percent increase from the year before.

    5 Ways People Can Avoid Internet Ticket Scams
    • Don’t buy tickets that have no information on seating, row or block details.
    • Talk with the event organizer on the official distribution lists and don’t buy from unauthorized sources like social media sites
    • When dealing with unofficial sellers, do some research on them. If they’re a company, see how long they’ve been in business. Look for reviews and be mindful of potentially fake positive reviews.
    • Buy the tickets with a credit card; avoid direct transfer. A card issuer will be jointly liable for fake services or goods with the price of one ticket is more than a certain amount
    • Buy tickets from sites that offer a secure payment method (should have a padlock in the address bar).
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