People have been conned out of £1.6 million in a year by fraudsters

People have been conned out of £1.6 million in a year by fraudsters

Sports fans and festival-goers have been conned out of £1.6 million in a year by fraudsters selling fake tickets

  • Total of 4,755 complaints of ticket fraud were made to Action Fraud in April 2019
  • Fraudsters are posing as websites or agents for a live event and conning victims 
  • One mother and her daughter paid £854 for VIP tickets to see Ariana Grande live 

Fraudsters selling fake tickets have conned festival-goers and sports fans out of more than £1.6million in a year – equivalent to £348 per victim.

A total of 4,755 complaints of ticket fraud were made to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, in the year to April 2019.

Fraudsters are posing as websites or agents for a live event, conning victims into buying tickets which either do not arrive or are fake.

Fraudsters selling fake tickets have conned festival-goers and sports fans out of more than £1.6million in a year – equivalent to £348 per victim

The number of reported ticket frauds, which netted £1,654,888, is down almost a third from 6,486 in the previous year. 

However, a spike in August 2018 saw 539 reports as fraudsters sought to exploit fans seeking music festival tickets.

Pauline Smith, director of Action Fraud, said: ‘Fraudsters take advantage when music and sports fans are keen to get tickets for high-profile events. ‘

One mother and her daughter paid £854 for VIP tickets to see Ariana Grande, which turned out to be fake.

Scotland Yard warned counterfeit tickets were being sold around the Oval yesterday as India took on Australia in the Cricket World Cup. 

The force tweeted: ‘Please do not buy tickets for events from non-official vendors as you may end up being rejected entry and lose a substantial amount of money.’

 

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