Getting tickets to see your favourite bank, football team, popular theatre production or festival can very difficult as tickets can sell out quickly. Scammers are taking advantage of this by tempting you buy tickets that they do not have access to and cannot provide but are happy to take payment for.
What you should know
- The scammer’s website will offer tickets to events that are sold out or tickets that have not gone on sale yet.
- You may receive the tickets you have paid for but when you arrive at the event you find out that they are fake or have been reported lost or stolen and are therefore invalid.
- Scammers may tell you a representative will meet you at the event with your tickets but they never do.
- Paying for tickets using your credit card offers protection under the Consumer Credit Act if you are scammed.
- Checking online may provide details of any negative reviews of the website intend to use.
Remember the only way to avoid being scammed is to buy tickets from the promoter, the venue box office, a reputable ticket site or an approved/official agent.