According to new statistics from Action Fraud, 4,982 persons were victims of ticket fraud in the fiscal year 2021/22. In September of last year, Action Fraud received 623 allegations of ticket fraud, the most since March 2020, as most festivals and events resumed normal operations for the first time since the outbreak.
“Criminals took advantage of coronavirus limitations being loosened last summer and targeted victims searching for tickets to high-profile sporting events and festivals,” said Detective Chief Inspector of the City of London Police. This year, we’ve witnessed an increase in allegations of ticket fraud. Many summer festivals and events are already sold out, so don’t be fooled by offers on secondary ticketing websites or social media, which are frequently used by crooks to market bogus tickets to popular and sold-out events. Remember, if anything seems too good to be true, it most often is.”
Ticket fraud cost victims £3.8 million in the financial year 2021/22, with an average loss of almost £750 per victim. Twenty-seven percent of reports (27%) were from people aged 20 to 29, and nearly half of victims (48%) were between the ages of 20 and 49.
One victim lost £900 after seeing someone offering a ticket to the Euro 2020 final on Twitter. The victim called the suspect, who produced the ticket as proof. The victim sent the funds to the suspect, who then canceled their account after receiving payment.
Another victim lost over £150 after seeing an advertisement for concert tickets. The victim phoned the suspect, who informed her that two tickets were available, and then transferred the funds. The suspect blocked the victim after receiving the cash.
Today there are many national awareness campaigns to encourage people to be cautious when purchasing tickets online and to think carefully before handing over their money or personal information.
“Buying from a STAR member means you’re buying from an official ticket provider who has signed up to our stringent code of behavior,” said the Chief Executive of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers. Many additional activities, as well as concerts and musicals that were rescheduled during the epidemic, will return this summer. It’s critical that ticket buyers keep their eyes out for unscrupulous ticket sellers who play on their genuine excitement about attending some of the fantastic events on offer.”
Protect yourself by recognising the indications of ticket fraud:
- Only purchase tickets from the box office of the venue, an official promoter or agency, or a well-known and reliable ticket website.
- If you’re buying tickets from someone you don’t know, avoid paying using a bank transfer. If you use a credit card or a payment service like PayPal, you have a greater chance of getting your money back if you are a victim of fraud.
- Be aware of unsolicited emails, messages, or advertisements claiming ridiculously low ticket prices. If something seems too good to be true, it most likely is.
To be protected from fraud, specialists recommend that the public adopt the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign’s guidelines.
- Stop: Taking a minute to ponder before handing out your money or personal information will help you stay secure.
- Is it possible that it’s a hoax? Any request can be rejected, refused, or ignored. Only criminals will attempt to frighten or rush you.
- Protect yourself: if you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud, call your bank right away and report it to the authority.