Warning of big rise in online ticket fraud

Don't be caught out by ticket scammers or you might not see your favourite act this summer.
Don't be caught out by ticket scammers or you might not see your favourite act this summer.

Summer is on its way and that means one thing to many of Glasgow’s music lovers – festival time.

Whether you want to go Wild at Wickerman, are Plugged into Electric Fields, Running Doune the Rabbit’s Hole or totally going for T in the Park there’s a big event that’s right for you.

Of course, all of these events, along with major sporting fixtures such as the European Football Championships and Wimbledon, attract huge crowds and huge competition for tickets.

And where there’s such high demand you’ll always find con artists trying to trick desperate punters out of their money.

What’s more, such ticket fraud is on the rise.

According to the National Trading Standards eCrime Team it has soared 55 per cent in the last year, up from £3.35 million in 2014 to more than £5m last year.

On average, customers who were taken in by the ticket scammers lost £444 per transaction.

Mike Andrews of the 
National Trading Standards eCrime Team said: “We 
expect criminals to exploit fans’ excitement by flogging fake tickets on forums, sham websites and social media.

“Criminals selling fake tickets online are becoming more and more prevalent.

‘‘We urge fans to be on guard when purchasing sports and music tickets

‘‘Only those fans with 
official tickets will be guaranteed admission – tickets not bought through official channels could be liable for cancellation.”

The National Trading Standards eCrime Team has produced a checklist to for people scouring the web for tickets.

Buy your tickets or check ticket availability with an 
official agent or reputable ticket supplier – if in doubt, check the website of the festival or event for more information on their official vendor.

You should always avoid buying from secondary ticket sellers or tickets on social media.

When purchasing tickets online you should use a credit card and never pay by direct money transfer.

Only pay via encrypted payment facilities (look for the padlock in the address bar).

If you are in possession of 
genuine festival or concert tickets don’t post pictures of them online.

If you are concerned a sale may be fraudulent report it to Trading Standards by calling 01236 856361.