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Ticket fraud warning for holidaymakers

22 March 2016 09:00

A fraud warning has been issued to online holiday-bookers

A fraud warning has been issued to online holiday-bookers

British tourists heading out to France this summer to watch their teams play in the Euro 2016 football tournament are being warned about fraudulent online tickets.

Police say that those who invest huge sums of cash on holiday packages or flights could be most at risk from ticket fraud on the internet.

This follows new figures which show that overall online ticket fraud jumped by 55% across 2015.

The cost to British fraud victims was a total of £5.2 million, compared to £3.35 million the previous year.

The City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Get Safe Online, the Government-approved web security scheme, have been highlighting the scams.

Unexpected surprises

Unexpected surprises such as ticket scams can dog travellers abroad.

So it is good to know that tourists can safeguard themselves against the unexpected by purchasing travel insurance.

This can protect them against thieved luggage, lost passports and even mislaid sunglasses.

What the expert says

Chris Greany, Police Commander for the City of London, says that last year's statistics reveal that cyber scammers are especially targeting travellers.

He says the ones most susceptible are those spending lots of cash on holiday packages or flight tickets.

The warning comes ahead of Euro 2016, in which England, Wales and Northern Ireland are competing.

What to do

Tony Neate, the chief executive of Get Safe Online, and Mr Greany advise that online ticket buyers should:

- take their time and do their homework to ascertain if the seller is who they say they are

- buy their tickets exclusively off official sites

- make sure they are purchasing off event organiser-approved sellers if they buy resold tickets

Mr Greany says people should report ticket fraud to the Action Fraud hotline.

Stat attack

Research reveals that:

- 26% of dodgy tickets were sold via the internet for last year's Premier League football and Rugby World Cup fixtures

- around 1 in 6 (15%) fraudulent tickets were for festivals and gigs, many of them abroad

- 6% of reported incidents happened via Twitter, 21% on Facebook and 22% on Gumtree