Action fraud data provided to South Yorkshire Police showed that a number of local residents were victims of ticket fraud after purchasing tickets online, which turned out to be fake.
DC Gary Henshaw, of the Force Fraud Coordination Team, said: âIn reports, the victim is buying plane tickets or tickets to an event, such as a festival or a football game, through a website or through a social media post that it thinks is legitimate.
âThe victim continues to prepay the tickets, and it’s only when the tickets don’t arrive or turn out to be forgeries that she realizes she has been duped.
DC Henshaw added, âWe know that a lot of people are buying tickets online right now for Christmas gifts and some can be expensive, so we encourage people to be extra careful when shopping.
âTo avoid disappointment, only buy tickets on the site directly, through an official agent, or through a well-known and reputable ticketing website. Don’t be fooled by offers on secondary ticketing websites or social media, as this is often where criminals advertise fake tickets to popular, sold-out events. Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you believe you have been a victim of ticket fraud, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online at actionfraud.police.uk.