17/06/2014 SCAM Alert: Bogus Ticketing Websites Warning
Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning consumers to be careful when buying concert and festival tickets online.
A Warwickshire consumer reported to Trading Standards that she had not received her concert tickets only a matter of weeks before the concert was due to take place, having purchased them almost a year earlier.
By the time the consumer realised she had become a victim of cyber-crime, the ticket website had closed down. An examination of the website address revealed that its IP address was in the USA whilst it had been registered by someone located in Poland.
Bogus ticket websites are a popular way for criminal gangs to commit fraud. These websites often claim to be able to supply tickets that are difficult to obtain elsewhere, driving consumers toward them. Prices charged are sometimes very high, maximising the fraudsters ‘profits’ and because ticket agencies often don’t post out tickets until quite close to the event, the fraudsters have often disappeared before consumers realise they have been conned.
Buying Tickets Safely
• Buy tickets only from the venue box office, promoter, official agent or reputable ticket exchange sites.
• Use a credit card. For purchases over £100 (and under £30,000) you are protected if things go wrong.
• Carry out an internet search of the trader you are buying from to see what other consumers are saying.
• Make sure the payment webpage is secure, before you enter your card details (look for the padlock in the web browser and the web address should begin with https://).
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